RELIGION AND HISTORY IN AMSTERDAM

The history of the religion of the major city of The Netherlands can be characterized by the diverse thought and practice of people in the 16th century. From that period till the second half of the 20th century, most of those in the North and west were Calvinist and those in the Southeast are Catholic while Muslims and other religions are basically in the ethnic neighborhoods of the cities.

REMBRANDTPLEIN

It is an undisputed fact that Rembrandtplein is one of the busiest squares in Amsterdam which was named after the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt Van Rijn who owned a house close to the area; he also lived in the house between the periods of 1639 to 1656. Rembrandtplein is known to be the creator of major works such as the Night Watch, and in the middle of Rembrandtplein, you will find the large statue of this great man. The origin of Rembrandtplein can be dated as far back as the Middle Ages when the defensive wall was constructed to protect the city. The site used to be the gateway to the city and now it has expanded beyond the area. Other places around the square include the Pathe Tuschinski a modern cinema that is in a classic building which used to be theatre. The major attraction Rembrandtplein has got to offer is the nightlife happening in many of the clubs, bars and cafes around, even if you are not the club type, find your way to the square where many night buses line and have the wonderful experience in Amsterdam. If you are thinking of where to go in Amsterdam, Rembrandtplein is worth visiting.

JOODS HISTORISCH MUSEUM

This museum literally means the Jewish Historical Museum, this museum is the only Museum in Amsterdam that is dedicated to the history of the Jews. The Joods historical museum was recognized when it receives Council of Europe Museum price in 1989 for collection and outward look of the building. This museum is located in a group of four historical synagogues at the major point in the Old Jewish quarter central Amsterdam. This museum features themes like the prosecution of the Jews during World War II, the role of religion and tradition and lastly if you want to have an insightful knowledge about the personal stories and influence of the Jews and Dutch culture. Visiting the museum will expose you to different aspects of the Jewish tradition and how to write the Hebrew letters. Visit the Museum and you will be grateful.

ROYAL THEATRE CARRE

If there are places in Amsterdam that lit up moods and gives an exciting experience, the Royal theatre care is one of them. This theatre is a Neo-Renaissance theatre in Amsterdam that is located very close to the River Amstel. At inception, the river meant to be a permanent circus building but today the Royal theatre Carre is being used for musical concerts, pop concerts, and cabaret performance. This theater was named after the German Circus director that was in search of a place for circus performance during the winter and this led to the opening of the theatre in 1887. At first, the theatre used to be a wooden building with a stone façade but now it is now a modern building. The building used to be opened for shows only during the winter but Frits Van Haarlem brought shows to the building during summer and since they show started coming up in the building which led to the conversion into a theatre. Till date, the theatre still hosts an event and if you feel you need somewhere to go in Amsterdam I think the Royal Theatre Carre is a good place to spend the day.

DE PIJP

De Pijp is one of the most cosmopolitan and vibrant districts in Amsterdam and a short tram ride south of the central station will get you to this point. The inquisitive ones reading this will want to know the literal meaning of De Pijp but the truth is that no-one really knows what it stands for. Some may tell you the district owe its name to the long narrow streets that look like pipe used by the infamous gas company “Pipe” for supplying energy to the environs. Anyways whoever or whatever brought about the name will forever be proud of the district because the district has served purposes that cannot be overlooked in the history of The Netherlands. De Pijp used to be the working class quarter that was constructed/ built to ease the overpopulated Jordan in the 19th century, this district is also the melting point of Amsterdam history, culture, and Nationalities. Just like Joordan, De Pijp is covered with fantastic restaurants, cafes, bars and when visiting De Pijp, try getting to the Albert Cuypmarket to get kinds of stuff you will take back home.

MUSEUM ONS’ LIEVE HEER OP SOLDER

In the heart of Amsterdam inner city is a small marvel that is just tucked away, it is a uniquely preserved house of the seventeenth century. Ons’ Lieve Heer Op Solder literally means Our Lord in the Attic. This building is a multipurpose building serving as a Museum, house church, and canal house. This building is just unique, the church in the building is a perfect example of “schuilkerk” or “clandestine church”, the church was built on the top three floors of the canal house, the church opened as a museum 28th April 1888 and since then the Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer Op Solder has recorded at least 85,000 visitors annually. Seeing is believing, getting to the Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer Or Solder will leave you marveling at the historical building.