De Krijtberg - Sint Franciscus Xaveriuskerk, Amsterdam

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Church
De Krijtberg Kerk is a Roman Catholic church in Amsterdam, located at the Singel. The church was designed by Alfred Tepe and was opened in 1883.
The church is dedicated to St Francis Xavier and is one of the rectorates within the Roman Catholic parish of St Nicholas, and is recognised by its two pointed towers. Since 1654 there has been a Jesuit church at this location. The original clandestine church was replaced by another one in 1677. The current Neo-Gothic church was built on the same space in 1881. Space limitations urged architect Alfred Tepe to design an unusually tall church with a monumental front. The interior was provided by members of the Guild of St. Bernulphus, most notable the Mengelberg firm. Most of interior has survived. Services there are in a variety of styles.
Next to the church is Ignatius House . It is a spirituality and cultural centre also of the Society of Jesus. It was founded in 1985 as a non-residential spirituality centre and to its present location in 2000. It is dedicated to Ignatius of Loyola the founder of the Jesuits. It primarily runs courses and retreats on Ignatian spirituality for Dutch speakers. Although, it has Jesuits on the staff, it is run by a team of lay people, members of other Catholic religious orders and other Christian denominations. The building consists of three large rooms, the Great Hall that can fit 50 people in theatre-style seating, an upper room for meetings, lectures, courses and workshops and a meditation room for reflective activities.
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  • Roman catholic church from 1881 with a neo gothic interior , big and very nice. Was open and even has a free guide. Nice colours inside out.  more »
  • Westerkerk is often recommended as a place to visit due to the Westertoren clock tower that, once climbed, offers aerial views of the Jordaan neighborhood and Prinsengracht. However, with an a fee of....  more »
  • Nice church and area. It is close to the flower market which is a bit to overrated in my mind. There are a lot of shops in the areas which sells food, clothing and local handcrafts.
  • Really good tour guides who are polite, funny and also very well informed regarding the tower and the history. Also reasonably priced and offers some fab views of the surrounding area, be warned their are a lot of steps

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