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Museum Our Lord in the Attic

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
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Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 38 | Red Light District, 1012 GE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 624 6604
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In the heart of Amsterdam's bustling centre lies one of the city's oldest...

In the heart of Amsterdam's bustling centre lies one of the city's oldest museums: Museum Our Lord in the Attic. Here visitors get to experience the Dutch Golden Age in a special way: a 17th-century house with a top floor converted into a Catholic church.

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This is a little church hidden between houses that allowed Catholics a place to worship when Catholicism was made illegal. Definitely worth a visit -- much renovation going on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This is a little church hidden between houses that allowed Catholics a place to worship when Catholicism was made illegal. Definitely worth a visit -- much renovation going on, but the chapel is all done and the history of the houses is very interesting.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This hidden church is truly a gem. If you like history and architecture (as I do) there is nothing else like it. There's something about the houses in Amsterdam where churches can be hidden and families can be hidden (Anne Frank House). See both

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

In a canal side home near the Red Light District, this Catholic church survives as it did from a time when the practice of Catholicism was "banned" (or more likely tolerated so long as the Catholics had the good sense to practice their religion out of the sight of goodly Protestant neighbors). The museum contains an audio tour, is thoughtfully... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We visited during June 2015 having read some recommendations. People leaving as we entered also praised the visit. Situated a short walk from the central train station it was worth the 9e (I think that was the admission) entrance fee. On the downside they were, (at the time of our visit) extending into an adjoining property to expand the display... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Our Lord in the Attic Church is in a very interesting part of the city with the Oude Kerk and the Red Light District very close. The church is very interesting and well worth a visit and quite unusual. Currently the fascade is under restoration so it is easy to miss. Also very close by is the Oude Kerk (Old... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

A little church tucked away...such a peaceful atmosphere and particularly interesting about how people could be persecuted for their faith.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Nice example of a hidden catholic church, although there are more such hidden catholic churches in Amsterdam which are free, and this one has an entrance fee.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I visited this museum in October 2014 with family. We found this hidden Church on TripAdvisor while researching places to see in Amsterdam. It is a lovely interior, and quite amazing how they managed to get the organ inside! Lovely story about how the Church came to be founded there. Various lovely, interesting rooms to view but main church is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Interested in the history of Amsterdam, we went to the Amsterdam Museum (city history) and two canal houses (van Loon and Geelvinck) and Our Lord in the Attic on the same day. The two canal houses showed a pretty grand side of life--each has a lovely garden and a coach house--but were restored to 19th century furnishings. Each is privately... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This is a very unusual building; worth the visit for its uniqueness. The decoration, of couse, is not really extravagant, but it is nice nonetheless. There were enough information panels in English for us to get some of the history.

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to view some of the city’s most picturesque canals, historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples of traditional local architecture – not to mention Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some less salubrious activities drawing the curious to this age-old part of time. Nevertheless, the Red Light District is still a very safe and incredibly fascinating area where at the turn of a corner you can be transported from the dingy glow of modern day neon red to a glorious 16th century Delft blue dreamscape.
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