Featuring a prominent space in the city centre across from central station St. Nicolaaskerk is a somewhat rare example of the neo-Baroque style church's commonly referred to as 'new' churches. Built at the beginning of the 15th century around a 12th century tower that is now the oldest part of the church, St. Nicolaaskerk Church is a wonder both inside and out. Home to the Bovenwerk Organ which is believed to have been erected by Roelof Duyschot or Jan Slegel, with modifications in 1768 by Deetlef Onderhorst the interior is one of the more commonly photographed churches in Amsterdam, drawing both professionals and amateurs alike with its striking beauty and old world charm.
Tourists seeking neo-Baroque architecture or even just fans of the ornate Catholic churches of Europe all should put this on their 'must see' list when visiting Amsterdam. The Organ, a major feature of the church was damaged in a fire in 1834 and subsequently restored by H. Knipscheer in 1835 and restored again in 1975 by K.B. Blank. The two bells in the tower, founded in 1525 by Henrick de Borch, bear the names of St. Nicolas and St. Katherine and are still functional. Not just for show St. Nicolaaskerk still hosts mass here by the Catholic church every Sunday.
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