July 2011

A section of stained glass, from around 1555, in the Oude Kerk (Old Church) Amsterdam, consecrated in 1306.

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The Oude Kerk along the canal

Inside the Oude Kerk

A series of footstones where those with money and position were buried

Dr. J in the choir area

The choir gate

The choir seats, with unusual, often humourous carvings, sometimes based on an old proverb, created around 1480

You may think I'm making this up, but according to the Sacred Destinations website, this carving represents "Money doesn't fall of out of my arse"
(Money doesn't grow on trees).

The ceiling of the church is wooden, with parts containing painted scenes from the 14th and 15th centuries, such as the Pieta on a Ship on the right

A painting of the interior of the Oude Kerk from around 1650, by Emmanuel de Witte

Panes of stained glass for military victory (the XXX does not convey the naughty meaning of modern times - it is instead the traditional symbol of Amsterdam)

The Lions of Amsterdam stained glass window pane

Stained glass window featuring an angel visiting Mary
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