H.H. Petrus en Pauluskerk (De Papegaai), Amsterdam

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Located in a pedestrianized shopping area, H.H. Petrus en Pauluskerk (De Papegaai) remains a secret architectural gem of Amsterdam, frequently overlooked even by the most ardent building buffs. Dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul and nicknamed "De Papegaai" (The Parrot) because a bird-trader's house once stood right in front of it, this is one of two parochial Catholic churches in the city. The 1848 building features a grand Neo-Gothic facade, with stone sculptures of Saint Joseph and a perched parrot flanking the main door. The church offers Dutch-language services during the week and Latin mass with Gregorian chants on Sunday. Using our world travel planner, Amsterdam attractions like H.H. Petrus en Pauluskerk (De Papegaai) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This oasis of calm is hidden in plain view along Kalverstraat, one of the busiest streets in Amsterdam. In amongst all the modern shops there is a frontage that is out of character with it's surroundi...  more »
  • This is a lovely hidden church in the main shopping street of Amsterdam and even if you don't go to church it is worth a visit. If you do go there is a mass on Sunday lunchtime which has all the pomp ...  more »
  • Well Yes ... during the time of the Reformation, when in Amsterdam the Catholic churches were banned, this was a "secret Church": that is, the faithful gathered secretly entering from a small entrance camouflaged as a common gate on the Kalverstraat. Now a beautiful gothic gate marks the entrance of the Church, which still remains hidden and unassuming yet: only once inside you realize that actually the building is large and very nice inside. It is worth a visit because it is one of the very few churches consecrated persons present in the Centre of Amsterdam (1300 Cathedral is now a museum with entry fee, and the Church on Dam square houses exhibitions ...)
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