The Zuiderkerk was the first church in Amsterdam which was designed to hold Protestant worship. The architect of this church is the same as the one who drew the design of the Noorderkerk and Westerkerk, namely Hendrick Cornelisz de Keyser. This architect is originally from Utrecht, where his father was a cabinetmaker. After his death he was buried in the Zuiderkerk. There are also in this church a number of children who died young Rembrandt van Rijn buried.
The church was built in the 'Lastage ", this is an area which is attached to the city at the end of the sixteenth century. Today this is the Nieuwmarktbuurt. One is around 1603 begun construction of the church, but interim work also has several years halted due to a shortage of money. In 1611 the South Church is first put into use during a church service on Pentecost. The church tower was only four years later all set.
The Zuiderkerk was designed by the architect as a pseudo-basilica. The church consists of a nave and an additional two lower aisles. The gables of the church clearly show Renaissance features. This style is seen more frequently reflected in churches designed by Keyser.
1660 around the church was restored and rebuilt. This transformation was mainly due to the arrival of a parish orphanage. For the orphans a special gallery was built on the southern facade of the church. During another restoration, the original stained-glass windows replaced with clear glass. This allows the light improved significantly.
The church is obviously built to hold church services. There are also many church services celebrated in the Zuiderkerk, but 1929 was here the last service of the Word and prayer, this was a marriage service. After this, the church received a host of other features. Thus, the church used during the hunger winter during the Second World War as a morgue. In 1968 the church was owned by the city of Amsterdam. The church is when a lot of years not used and was closed because he was in a very dilapidated state. Fortunately, the church afterwards recovered and was then used as a municipal information center for spatial planning and housing. Unfortunately, this center in 2010 had to close due to budget cuts. One might have expected that there is never any church would be more invested in this church, but on June 16 2014 found a service there yet again place. The service was held in honor of the 400 anniversary of the tower.
Very nice is also to climb the tower and then enjoy the beautiful view over the city. Climbing the tower is only in the months of April to September.
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