Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder

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Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder
Interior of the house church
Established 28 April 1888
Location Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Coordinates 52°22′30″N 4°53′56″E / 52.375°N 4.899°E / 52.375; 4.899
Type Historic house
Visitors 85,000
Director Judikje Kiers
Public transit access Amsterdam Centraal
Website www.opsolder.nl

Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder (English: Our Lord in the Attic) is a 17th-century canal house, house church, and museum in the city center of Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Catholic Church was built on the top three floors of the canal house during the 1660s. It is an important example of a schuilkerk, or "clandestine church," in which Catholics and other religious dissenters from the seventeenth century Dutch Reformed Church, unable to worship in public, held services. Since 28 April 1888, the church is open as a museum,[1] and has annually 85,000 visitors.[2]

Canal house[edit]

The canal house on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40

The canal house on the 14th century canal Oudezijds Voorburgwal, currently on number 40, was built in 1630. Between 1661 and 1663 the top three floors of the house were changed into a house church. The building was renovated in the 18th and 19th century.


After the Church of St Nicholas was opened, the house church was no longer in use as a church. On 28 April 1888 it opened its doors for the public as a museum, making it the oldest museum in Amsterdam, after Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. The museum was previously named Roomsch Katholiek Museum (English: Roman Catholic Museum) and is now called Museum Amstelkring (English: Museum Amstel Circle).[3] Annually, 85,000 people visit the museum.

The museum contains the front room, the between room, the hall, the church, the Lady chapel, the confessional, the Jaap Leeuwenberg hall, and the 17th-century kitchen.



  1. ^ History. Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder. Visited on 2009-03-01.
  2. ^ Visiting. Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder. Visited on 2009-03-01.
  3. ^ Martin Dunford (2010). The Rough Guide to The Netherlands. Penguin. p. 67. ISBN 978-1-84836-882-8. 

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