Netherlands is a northwestern country of Europe which is famous for housing the beautiful canals, vast fields of tulip, windmills and never-ending picturesque cycling routes. Through the many hundreds centuries of existence of this country, several prominent and stunning churches have been built throughout the many towns and cities in Netherlands.
5. Nieuwe Kerk
This is one of the famous churches in Netherlands which was built in the 15th century on the orders of the bishop of Utrecht and was then named as the Nieuwe Kerk which means the “New Church”. It is located in the Dam Square. Unfortunately, this church was destroyed in the 16th century due to fire. It was rebuilt again and it stands beautifully displaying striking features of Southern gothic architecture.
4. Laurens Church
Laurens church is one of the historic churches in Rotterdam Netherlands. This was originally in the form of gothic Laurenskerk and was built in the year 1525. It suffered massive damages during the 1940 bombing in this area and most parts of this church were destroyed to a large extent. In the late fifties and early sixties, this church was rebuilt by incorporating outstanding architectural features and was renamed as the Laurens Church.
3. Ons’ Lieve Heer Op Solder
After the Dutch reformation in the 17th century, almost every Catholic church was transformed into a Protestant one and the Catholicism was completely outlawed. This led to the Catholics practising their faith in secret and as a result of this a few Catholic churches were built and hidden throughout Amsterdam. Ons’ Lieve Heer Op Solder is one such Catholic church in Netherlands which is hidden in De Wallen. It was luckily not discovered during that time and after the 19th century, it was transformed into a wonderful museum
2. Oude Kerk
This is one of the oldest Dutch Reformed churches in Netherlands which has an intriguing history. Oude Kerk church was originally erected by the bishop of Utrecht in the year 1306. During that time it was a famous Catholic church. Later during the Dutch Reformation, the Protestants converted it into a Calvinist church by stripping off the god and everything else which depicted Catholicism.
This Protestant church in Netherlands was built just outside the Nieuwmarkt by the Amsterdam municipality. Zuiderkerk, meaning the southern Church, was built in the year 1611. Unlike the Pentecostal churches in Netherlands, the interiors of this church feature vast spaces with bare minimum inclusions to meet the modest sensibilities of Protestantism.