De Nieuwe Kerk (‘New Church’), which they started building in 1408, is only new in comparison to the ‘Old Church’.
‘the sunlight floods the floor’
‘in watery red and gold,’
‘pale indigo and green…’
‘the names of the dead embedded in the floor remind her that the water is actually stone.’
The quotes are taken from The Miniaturist, a novel about Amsterdam in 1686, by Jessie Burton. I’m not sure if she was talking about the old church or the new but it certainly works for De Nieuwe Kerk. (Incidentally this is a great book to read if you’re visiting Amsterdam.)
Here are few more shots of the Nieuwe Kerk.
Located on Dam Square, the old centre of Amsterdam, it combines the features of a historic Dutch church with frequent exhibitions and organ recitals. When we were there a World Press Photo Exhibition was going on, adding another dimension to the whole experience of visiting the church.
More on our 2015 trip to Holland.