As a kid, my parents and I always went to the south of France during the summer. We’d visit small, old villages up in the mountains, hike in valleys or stay near the campsite and play in a creek nearby. When we were visiting a town we always paid a visit to the church there. We’d light a candle for our family and think about life while walking the grounds around the church. I always found it an almost magical part of our holiday. Churches in the Netherlands are quite different and most of them are not always open to the public.
After some searching and cycling around the city, I came across an almost hidden church, the Obrechtkerk in the south part of the city. It’s different than any of the churches we’ve seen in the south of France but it’s one of the most decorative in Amsterdam.
A lot of that comes from our ancestors where the Protestant strain of Christianity became a lot bigger in the Netherlands, compared to the Roman-Catholic part. The Catholic part is a lot bigger in the south of Europe and one of the features is having a more distinct church with decorations (compared to the protestant stream where churches tend to be more sober).
The Obrechtkerk is almost like the Notre Dame of Amsterdam and though their style is different, the grandeur feels the same. If you want to visit the church, you can call ahead, though they are open most afternoons.