The Saint Nicholas’ Basilica Church of Amsterdam!

And I am carving this picture of an older post to do justice to the church with a post of its own.  I have come to Amsterdam by plane and train and of course stepping out Centraal train station across it you find the Saint Nicholas’ Basilica Church. And the beautiful vibrant city is right upon your eyes. Hope you enjoy the post giving justice to this venerated monument of Amsterdam, Netherlands!

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.The Saint Nicholas’ Basilica Church is located in downtown Amsterdam,opposite Amsterdam Central Train Station. This neo-Renaissance church was built in honor of Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors. It has black marble columns and a wooden vault. plans with a combination of neo-renaissance and neo-baroque historicist styles. The church was built between 1884 and 1887 and solemnly consecrated on February 7, 1887. It was elevated to the rank of minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012.  The main facade is flanked by two towers, with a rose window in between. The center of this window contains a bas-relief sculpture, depicting Christ and the four Evangelists, done in 1886. A sculpture of the patron saint of both the church and the city of Amsterdam is also placed in a niche in the upper section of the gable top, done in 1886.

ams church Saint Nicolas left of centraal apr13

The crossing of the main body of the church is articulated by a large octagonal tower with a baroque style dome and lantern, crowned by a cross. The basis of the floor plan is a classic three-aisled cross-basilica, with a nave, two aisles and a single transept. The choir is located at the end of the nave. At the ends of each side aisle, two chapels are located: one devoted to Mary and one to Joseph. The basilica has a number of religious murals. Above the high altar is the crown of Maximilian I, which is a symbol seen throughout Amsterdam, The central dome is highly ornate as viewed from below and contains four levels of stained glass, encircling the dome. Above the main entrance of the church, beneath the rose window, a 19C Sauer Organ can be found, on which concerts are given and Mass is accompanied.

The official parish of the St Nicolas Churchhttps://nicolaas-parochie.nl/?menu=2

The cultural site museums of Amsterdam on the Basilica Church St Nicolashttps://www.grootstemuseum.nl/en/all-churches/basilica-st-nicholas/

The Amsterdam Tourist Office: https://www.iamsterdam.com/en/see-and-do

There you go folks, ,you have a whole wonderful northern city to see and a beautiful Basilica Church of St Nicolas. Well deserving of a post, hope you enjoy it as I

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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