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Address: Kalverstraat 58, 1012 PG Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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+31 20 623 1889
09:45 - 13:30
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Sun 09:45 - 13:30
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Hidden in plain view

This oasis of calm is hidden in plain view along Kalverstraat, one of the busiest streets in Amsterdam. In amongst all the modern shops there is a frontage that is out of... read more

Reviewed 17 February 2017
Burscough, United Kingdom
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Burscough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

This oasis of calm is hidden in plain view along Kalverstraat, one of the busiest streets in Amsterdam. In amongst all the modern shops there is a frontage that is out of character with it's surroundings, yet you could easily miss it and walk straight past. A relic from when Catholics had to meet and worship in private, the narrow... More 

1 Thank Jellybellydancer
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

This is a lovely hidden church in the main shopping street of Amsterdam and even if you don't go to church it is worth a visit. If you do go there is a mass on Sunday lunchtime which has all the pomp and circumstance of a high Latin mass and if you hanker back for the traditional service then I... More 

Thank NickyCo
Hoofddorp, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 17 May 2016

This is a former concealed Catholic church, stil in use for Holy Mass and confession. Yes, it is open to the public. Walk down Kalverstraat to find this church. Keep your eyes open, because it is easy to walk by this location. You will immediately feel the peace and quite as you enter. Walk right in and have a look... More 

Thank nzwaneveld
Fortaleza, CE
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Reviewed 4 April 2016

In the middle of this avenue , exactly on 58 no. lies a discreet church, called De Papegaai (Parrot). Built in 1700 in the garden of a house from a birds seller, is a good place to visit .One of the things most strikingis the contrast between the deep silence within the church and the noise and the movement outside.

Thank DarlanPolignac
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Reviewed 29 March 2016

A place of silence amidst the bustle, take a moment to pray. We prayed amidst the attrocities by the Pakistan Taliban. Think for a moment about the world we suffer in for the sake of false Gods of commerce and hatred,

Thank EachPeachPearPlum
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2016

This is a neat (and tiny!) little church in Amsterdam, down the street from the Station Centraal. It's a hidden church that the Catholics worshiped in when it wasn't PC to be Catholic in a Protestant world. Sobering reminder of this time in history.

Thank Meagan D
Glasgow, Scotland
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Reviewed 7 February 2016

We were walking down the busy shopping street that is Kalverstraat when we came across an an usual facade with a stone parrot. When we realised that this was a church we went inside for a look. This is a lovely little church and still had a Nativity display even although it was now the end of January. I was... More 

Thank Taxidevil
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Reviewed 2 January 2016 via mobile

A secluded and silenced church, to slowly stroll in and taking a view to the incredible chairs, aged and wonderful. A really incredible difference between the huge interior and the tiny facade.

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SF, California
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Reviewed 15 August 2015

The frontage of this church does not lead you to believe that once inside you find a large Catholic church. There was a time in Amsterdam that Catholics were not allowed to practice their religion. This is one of the hidden churches of the time. Well worth a look inside.

Thank seafare74
Atlanta, Ga
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Reviewed 26 November 2014

The church is easy to miss unless you are looking for it. It is located on one of the pedestrian shopping areas, Kalverstraat. It's almost invisible to everyone unless you are looking for it.Beautiful on the inside, and not what to expect in the shopping district..

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