Future of Amsterdam hidden church threatened by corona

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The survival of it Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder, a former hidden church in the center of Amsterdam, is threatened by the disappearance of subsidies and the declining number of visitors. In 1578 Protestants took over power in the city. The secret church was built at the request of a Catholic merchant when public Catholic celebrations were officially prohibited in the Netherlands and Dutch Catholics were treated as second-class citizens. The precarious situation of Roman Catholics – about twenty percent of the Amsterdam population – persisted until the eighteenth century.

The Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder, together with the Rijksmuseum, is one of the oldest museums in Amsterdam.

This historical context makes the museum on the Wallen a unique piece of heritage and history, also in a rare, well-preserved 17th century canal house. Narrow corridors and stairs lead to historically furnished living areas, kitchens and cupboards, to end in a beautifully preserved secret church in the attic. Recently made it Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK), which is in difficulty due to the consequences of the corona pandemic itself, however, it is known that it cannot grant the requested grant of 600,000 euros for the period from 2021 to 2024 despite a positive assessment.

According to director Birgit B├╝chner This jeopardizes the operation of the entire museum. I am baffled. Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder is part of Amsterdam’s cultural and religious heritage. The seventeenth-century house with the hidden church in the attic represents three centuries of Amsterdam history. The promotion is now online Save the Amsterdam museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder from extinction, and contribute! started.

Source: Our ‘Dear Lord in Solder

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