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Our Lord In The Attic Museum

Posted on: januari 28, 2024

Our Lord in the Attic Amsterdam

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What looks like an ordinary canal house in De Wallen turns out to be an entire hidden Catholic church. Our Lord in the Attic was built in the mid-1600s in defiance of the Calvinists, but tolerated. Inside you’ll see labyrinthine staircases, rich artwork, period decor and the soaring two-story church itself.

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Our Lord in the Attic, A 17th-century residential museum home with a hidden church in the loft. Most people will just pass by this building, as it doesn’t look like a church at all. In this monument the Dutch Golden Ages comes to life.

Visitors step back 350 years in time and wander through the corridors, rooms, kitchens and the stairs towards the jewel at the heart of the museum: the magnificent church in the attic.

History Of Our Lord In The Attic

The house was built by Jan Hartman in 1663, which makes the house 352 years old. Hartman was a German merchant who was a Catholic. Since 1578 when the so-called Alteration occurred and the Catholic city authority was dismissed with a Reformed authority, non-Reformed individuals were not permitted to hold public religious services.

Therefor, Hartman built a church upstairs, because holding services within premises that were not recognisable as churches was allowed.  Since 1888, the house and church have provided one of the most remarkable museum experiences.

New Part Of Our Lord In The Attic

This hidden church has a brand new part which was opened in September 2015 by the queen of the Netherlands: Maxima. It’s located next to the original part of the church and it took around six years to complete the expansion and renovation. The new building of Our Lord in the Attic is part of the so called Amsterdam’s Project 1012.

One of the goals of this project is to have more variety in the Red Light District. Just a couple decades ago, the area used to be all about een man en vrouw liggend op een bed met witte lakens terwijl ze met elkaar zoenen tijdens een sexdate & drugs. Nowadays, it offers much more than that, like the brand new part of this museum, which includes a coffee bar and a stunning view!

Opening Hours Of Our Lord In The Attic

Monday to Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sundays : 1 pm – 5 pm

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Entrance Prices

Adults:  10,- Euro
Kids (5 – 18 years): 5,- Euro
Kids (<5 years): Free

Entrance tickets can be bought online as part of the iAmsterdam City Card.

Hidden Church in Red Light District Amsterdam View
This little church is truly one of the best hidden gem’s in Amsterdam! You’ll love it!

How To Get To This Hidden Church In Amsterdam Red Light District?

  • By foot: This church is located just 10 minutes from Central Station. Please check the map below to see how to get here.
  • Tram: There are no trams in the Red Light District
  • Metro: The nearest tube is at Central Station.
  • Car: Getting here by car is a hassle! There are only a few parking spots and parking here usually cost 5 euro per hour.

Fun Things To Do In Amsterdam

  • Combine a visit to this hidden church with a fascinating walking tour through the Red Light District. Within a couple of hours you’ll get to know all the secrets of the area. It’s fun, interesting and healthy!
  • Opposite of Our Lord in the Attic there is a really good restaurant called Paleis van de Weemoed. Their food is amazing and between meals you’ll be entertained by a musical performance. click here to read a review.
  • Are you a beer fan? Then go to Brewery de Prael which is located just next to the church. This brewery makes delicious beers. They also do tours by the way.
  • Not too far away for Our Lord in the Attic you can find Amsterdam’s Nieuwmarkt. This square is surrounded by nice bars. Go here! Lots of sun!


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2 Responses to Our Lord In The Attic Museum

  1. R. M. Tomlinson schreef:

    Where is this church in relation to the Anne Frank house?
    Thank you,
    Michael Tomlinson

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