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Nieuwe Kerk

15th-century church located on Dam Square
The church dates back to the Middle Ages; it was consecrated in 1409. Since then it has formed a stage for local and national history, with leading roles for kings and queens, writers, free-spirited townspeople, and the great figures who lie buried here: naval heroes, a Crusader, and an East India Company merchant. It is a treasure house of medieval secrets, royal traditions, Catholic devotion, and Protestant iconoclasm. De Nieuwe Kerk (The New Church) may seem like a strange name for a fifteenth-century building, but it distinguishes this church from the thirteenth-century Oude (Old) Kerk. As the city expanded rapidly, the church on the ‘old side’ of Damrak (then part of the Amstel river) could not handle the growing numbers of churchgoers. It soon became necessary to build a second parish church on the ‘new side’ of the river. A leading citizen, Willem Eggert, offered his orchard as a building site. In 1408, the new house of worship was approved by the bishop, and a year later it was dedicated to St Catherine. For centuries, De Nieuwe Kerk served many purposes. Not only a place of worship and a cemetery, it was also used as a commercial exchange, a musical venue for the city’s walking concerts, and an auditorium for award and graduation ceremonies. For all these events, De Nieuwe Kerk offered a large, stately space in the heart of the city.

Opening Times

Monday - Sunday: 10am-6pm
(cash register closes at 5.30pm)
On 26 April and 5 May: 1pm-6pm
Closed on 27 April (Kingsday), 3 and 4 May

Entrance Prices

Adults - € 10,00
CJP - € 8,00
Stadspas - € 10,00
Groups > 15 persons - € 9,00
I Amsterdam City Card - € 3,50 (surcharge)
Children till 11 and Museum card holders - free
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 137,1012 RJ Amsterdam