Hidden gem: Our Lord in the Attick

JUNE 03, 2015

In the heart of Amsterdam’s bustling centre lies one of the city’s oldest museums: 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 church.

Jan Hartman bought this house on Oudezijds Voorburgwal and the two adjacent buildings on Heintje Hoekssteeg 350 years ago. He had the attics of the three houses rebuilt into a Catholic church conforming to the conventions of the day, yet nothing on the outside could suggest that there was a church inside. In 2012 the church was entirely refurbished. While until recently, cupboards were converted into showcases to display art, now the process is reversed: the showcases have been removed and the cupboards are once again cupboards. The idea was to restore the church’s original function and this was the guideline for the restoration. Visitors can now experience the building as it was when it served as a parish church. Colour, light and interior exude the atmosphere of the period in which the last regular masses were celebrated at the church, in the late 19th century.

The audio guide is included in the entrance fee. This tour is available in Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Russian language. (Due to renovations to the museum’s entrance area, unfortunately group visits are not possible until 1 October 2015).