De Nieuwe Kerk or New Church is Amsterdam's main church located on Dam Square next to the Royal Palace.
It is open to the public as a church, exhibition space and also holds organ concerts and private events.
The church originally dates from the 14th century when the growing city of Amsterdam needed a second church from the Oude Kerk (Old Church). The Nieuwe Kerk was subsequently damaged by fire a number of times - in 1645 it was rebuilt in Gothic style after almost being destroyed - and this is what can be seen today along with some renovations from the 19th and 20th century.
The Nieuwe Kerk is used for royal weddings and inaugurations. On April 30th 2013 it was the site of the inauguration of Dutch King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima, who were also married in the church in 2002.
Highlights inside the church include the Great Organ from 1645, the stained glass windows depicting the coronation of Queen Wilhelmina and the tomb of distinguished Dutch admiral Michiel De Ruyter (1607-1676) who amongst many notable achievements managed to free 26 Hungarian slaves.
There is the popular 't Nieuwe Cafe next door with a large outer terrace on Dam Square.
Nieuwe Kerk Essential Info
Opening Times: Daily 1000-1700.
Admission Prices (2016): Admission varies depending on the event. Standard admission is €8 for adults, FREE for children 0-11, Museumkaart and Iamsterdam City Card holders. Special exhibitions attract a small supplement. If you don't wish to pay admission you can still step into the entrance foyer to get a general look of the place.
The major exhibition 90 Years Miss Marilyn Monroe runs from 1 October 2016 to 5 February 2017. Admission to Miss Monroe will be €16 for adults.
Getting There: The church is located on Dam Square, a short walk from Amsterdam Central station. Also served by trams 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 13, 14, 16, 17 and 24.
Kerk, Dam Square, Amsterdam
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