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“Not what you think will be there”

H.H. Petrus en Pauluskerk (De Papegaai)
Perth Australia
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“Not what you think will be there”
Reviewed May 14, 2014

Along Kalverstraat, tuck out of sight and very easy to walk past is De Papegaai Petrus en Paulus Kerk (The Parrot Peter and Paul Hidden Catholic Church). What caught my eye was an art deco style mosaic of Mary Magdalene at Jesus’ feet. Entering through lovely wooden doors, what I thought would be a tiny church is huge inside! It’s light, airy and very serene. Such a beautiful place for some quiet meditation.

Visited July 2013
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“An old favourite of mine from years back!!”
Reviewed December 10, 2013

When in Amsterdam in the Kalverstraat it is very easy to miss this little quiet oasis.. hidden from view, but once you get to see what's behind those big doors you will be astounded!
A beautiful old church - and whether religious or not, it's a must see!
I have been coming here for years and used to come here as a child when I lived here, so for me it holds very special memories of a happy childhood
I lit a candle for my Mum ........

Visited November 2013
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Bornem, Belgium
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“Worth visiting it in the middle of a shoppingcenter”
Reviewed November 21, 2013

Rather beautiful church a little bit hidden in the middle of the Kalverstraat. Yes hidden, because of its history. Very nice murals and a special place mostly unknown by tourists.

Visited November 2013
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liverpool, england
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“A Surprisingly Large Church”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Visited the Church of Sts Peter and Paul, on a cold Ash Wednesday 2013; We have walked passed the doors on many occassions on trips to Amsterdam, and always wondered what it was - the doorway is so small, but there is a look of a church - maybe a cult! There is also a statue of a saint and a parrot.

So before we visited this time we decided to find out what it is; It is a catholic church, which was built as a hidden place of worship at a time when worshiping in the catholic faith was not allowed, but it seemed to be tolerated if 'out of sight' unlike here in UK.

ON arrival at the church there is a rather small revolving doorway, there is also an obvious signage for disabled entrance- and a bell to press near another door. As it was Ash Wednesday, we didnt like to maybe disturb busy people/priests, so hubby went in to see if he could open the door from the inside - he couldnt as it was locked an chained - so he came out and we managed to get me in as i can walk a few steps, then he brought my chair collapsed down in. There is then another set of doors to open, and then, wow - you are in a beautiful, and large church. The height of the space in the church is amazing after entering from such a small appearing entrance, the light given from the windows behind the alter adds to the beauty of the building.

At the back of the church, was a lady who appeared to be a 'caretaker'; she asked how had we managed to get in and told us there is another door - we explained we didnt want to disturb them as we were only visiting for a few minutes; She thanked us and told us when we wish to leave she we let us out the better way. She also gave us a prayer card with a prayer to St Anthony, which was in English - a nice touch; after a few minute of looking around, and some quiet reflection, we were ready to leave, when the priest appeared and shook hands with us, wished us well and gave us a blessing, making me even more happy to have visited.

A quiet oasis just off such a busy shopping street, and like the tardis it looks small but is huge inside.

Visited February 2013
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Malaga, Spain
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“A Catholic Church on the Kalverstraat Shopping Street”
Reviewed June 2, 2012

We came upon this church while shopping on Kalverstraat. The door of the building was open as some workers were doing some work on the building. We peeped in and saw that it was a Catholic church. One of the side chapels had the crucifixion between two images of angels. The walls of the church had many beautiful murals. It is really a beautiful church.

Visited May 2012
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