The Secret Church in Amsterdam
The things some people keep in their attic. Most people use it to store junk, or stuff that only comes out in certain seasons like barbecues or snow tyres. But Jan Hartman, a wealthy Dutch businessman converted his attic into an entire church, called Our Lord in the Attic back in the 17th century.
|Photo from Ons Lieve Heer op Solder Site|
This hidden church, named Our Lord in the Attic was built during the Reformation, when Catholics were forbidden to hold public services in Amsterdam where the official and by law solely acceptable religion was Protestantism . Catholics were very creative in finding ways to practice their belief and Jan Hartman was obviously a good example of this.
I wonder what Mr Hartman would've thought of the current neighbours... The museum is located smack in the middle of the Amsterdam Red Light district. It’s a bit of a sharp contrast to see scantily clad ladies pose in the windows next to what was and still is a house of God. Only in Amsterdam.