Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, 19 May – 17 September Consecrated in 1306, the Oude Kerk (Old Church) in Amsterdam’s red-light district is the oldest building in the city: now a museum, it was originally a port church, and has never been deconsecrated. For centuries, it faced almost directly onto the waterfront. Ships received blessings for a safe journey right in front of the church doors; fishermen could repair their nets in the vestibule, shielded from the elements, while it is here that…
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