Built between 1884 and 1887, the St. Nicolaaskerk is the best known of the 'new' Amsterdam churches. This tall and spacious building, standing in a spectacular position opposite the Central Railway Station.
(Saint Nicholas Church)
Architect A.C. Bleijs (1842-1912) designed the church in a combination of revival styles, predominantly neo-Baroque and neo-Renaissance. It is a classic three-aisled basilica.
Above the crossing stands a large octagonal tower with baroque dome and lantern. The stained glass inner shell of the dome has recently been restored to its former glory. The nave has been provided with new windows by artist Jan Dibbets. The interior is richly decorated, mostly by artist Jan Dunselman (1863-1931). As well as the Stations of the Cross, his sixteen scenes depicting the life of St. Nicholas form the major part of the decoration.
OrganThe organ in the St. Nicholaaskerk was built by the leading German organ builder Wilhelm Sauer in 1889. It is the only major work of Sauer in the Netherlands, and one of the very few of its period that remain in original state anywhere.
How to get there?By tram: 1, 2, 5, 9, 13, 14, 17, 24 or 25 stop Centraal Station
By metro: 51, 53 or 54 stop Centraal Station
By car: nearest car park De Kolk
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Sint NicolaaskerkPrins Hendrikkade 73
(opposite Centraal Station)
* Church services are Sundays at 10:30 hrs (in Dutch) and at 13:00 hrs (in Spanish)
Other famous churches
→ Nieuwe Kerk
→ Oude Kerk
→ Ronde Lutherse Kerk
→ St. Nicolaaskerk