South Church (Zuiderkerkhof) was the first Protestant church in the Netherlands. The Renaissance building was constructed in the early 17th century for the Dutch Reformed Church.
Its most striking feature is its tower, which soars to 80 meters. The tower contains a musical instrument called a carillon consisting of numerous bells. These are regularly played every Thursday from 12 noon to 1pm. Tower tours are available but must be booked. The view from the top is well worth the climb.
One of its more famous patrons was Rembrandt and three of his children are buried here. It is also rumored that he created his famous 'Night Watch' painting in the Church. The Church has also featured in one of the French impressionist Monet paintings.
It ceased operating as a Church in 1929 and now displays an interesting exhibition, which chronicles the urban planning of Amsterdam from the Middle Ages to the present. The exhibit is brought to life by the use of models, plans, drawings and photographs. It also displays a model of how the planners envisage Amsterdam will look like in the future.
The South Church (Zuiderkerkhof) Reviews
This past Saturday for the second time I joined the group of bell ringers to ring the bells at 5:00. The group was very welcoming and it was very interesting to learn how to ring the bells. The 360 view from the top has to be the best view of Amsterdam. When ever I am in Amsterdam the first Saturday of the month I will take time to go to the 5:00 bell ringing, what an enjoyable experience. Burt and Sonja are great teachers in the bell ringing.
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