Once upon a time, there was a priest. He was caught in a nasty storm, and he prayed that if he would ever make it our of there alive, he would build a chapel. This chapel would be in the city that would once rule the world.
Luckily, the priest survived and he built the chapel of this church! And what do you know: Amsterdam ruled the world in the 17th century! He named the church after Saint Nicholas; patron saint of the sailors. After the reformation, the church got its, very original name: Old Church.
The church is situated in the absolute center of the Red Light District. It is both the oldest church and the oldest building in Amsterdam. It dates back to somewhere around the year 1250. The church has been renovated and expanded multiple times to fit the needs of the day. Even though the original interior was lost during the Reformation, the hand-painted roof has remained unimpaired.
Apart from seeing what the inside of this beautiful building looks like, you can visit the grave of Rembrandt van Rijn’s wife, Saskia. The celebrated Dutch composer Jan Sweelinck was a resident organist here in the 17th century and was also buried under the church floor. In addition, the Old Church frequently hosts exhibitions and concerts. A visit to the Old Church is definetely worth your while, especially if you like conceptual art in the most special surroundings! Buy your tickets for the Old Church here.
The Old Church has multiple outbuildings. One of them is a little café with an idyllic little garden. After your visit you can go get a drink and a piece of homemade Dutch apple pie!