Ronde Lutherse Kerk

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Ronde Lutherse Kerk
Ronde Lutherse Kerk "Koepelkerk"
Ronde Lutherse Kerk 2482.jpg
View of the church from the Singel.
52°22′40″N 4°53′37″E / 52.37778°N 4.89361°E / 52.37778; 4.89361
Location Singel, Amsterdam
Country  Netherlands
Denomination Lutheran
History
Founded 1668
Architecture
Architect(s) Adriaan Dortsman
Style neo-classical
Years built 1671
Closed 1935
Administration
Parish Amsterdam

The Ronde Lutherse Kerk or Koepelkerk is a former Lutheran church in Amsterdam, located at the Singel. The church can be easily seen from the Singel by its copper dome.

History[edit]

The church was designed by Adriaan Dortsman (ca. 1636-1682) and was opened in 1671.[1] The organ was built by J Batz in 1830 and it was restored in 1983 by Flentrop Orgelbouw.[1] In 1882 it was rebuilt after a fire.[1] In 1935 the Lutherans left the building and it became a concert hall.

In 1975 a tunnel was built by the neighboring Sonesta Hotel, today called the Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel, for its own access.[2] The hotel rents the church from the Lutheran church which is still the owner today. In 1983 the church was closed for a long period of restoration, but ten years later in 1993 the dome burned again.[1] The church was again restored.[1]

Today curious visitors and potential customers may enquire at the Renaissance hotel for an opportunity to view the church, which is not open for the public. A security guard must accompany visitors through the underground tunnel to the church where the ground floor of the consistory has been converted to bathrooms and the upper floor to a meeting room. Of the main hall, the impressive columns, galleries, organ and pulpit can still be seen.

See also[edit]

Other 17th century "round" churches of the Netherlands:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Rijksmonument report
  2. ^ Marriott website on the Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel which exploits it as a venue for events or meetings.