Posted by: danielfee | January 9, 2013

Travel Photo of the Day 01-09-2013

Zuiderkerk - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Zuiderkerk – Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Zuiderkerk, built in 1614, was Holland’s first Protestant church. Little did I know when I took this photo that is was the same view as the famous French Impressionist painter Claude Monet painted of the church during his visit to the Netherlands. The composition is centered on the church spire, with the Groenburgwal canal leading up to it in the foreground. The Monet painting now hangs in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Hendrick Keyser designed the church as a pseudo-basilica in the Gothic style. It has a central nave and two lower side aisles, six bays long, with Tuscan columns, timber barrel vaults and dormers. The original stained glass in the rectangular windows was replaced by transparent glass in the 17th Century. The richly detailed tower is a square stone substructure, on which an octagonal sandstone section stands with free-standing columns on the corners. On top of this is a wooden, lead-covered spire. The church is considered one of the city’s most beautiful structures.



  1. Oh, what a great shot! I tried and tried to get a good shot of this church when I was there in October, but I wasn’t pleased how any of them turned out. Nicely done!

    • Thanks, as we walked by I thought it would make a great photo. I had no idea it was a famous painting. We were there in the summer time, which is why the trees were so full and framed the tower.

  2. I love Travel Photo of the Day thanks for sharing

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