H.H. Petrus en Pauluskerk (Papegaai), Amsterdam
(4.3/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
Located in a pedestrianized shopping area, H.H. Petrus en Pauluskerk (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 (Papegaai) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The building has in itself nothing exceptional, just a small neo-Gothic church, but it is a curiosity because it was concealed in order to practice the Catholic faith in a protestant world, and especially it is an essential step in the middle of the test of the Kalverstraat.
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  • An easy pass to run haven of peace, this old "secret" Church in the middle of the (busy!) shopping street. You read specially in the history of the Church, that makes the experience all the more special. And have attention to the many, beautiful woodwork in the Church and the many other details.
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  • Beautiful Catholic Church in the area more reserved and quiet. Is not described in the map and found by chance. Well worth a visit.
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  • This was previously a secret Catholic church during the reformation. An unassuming entrance from the street leads to a beautiful, expansive church. A men's choir sang Gregorian chant for the 12:15 Mass which was incredible. Well worth a quick visit if you're nearby. Sunday Mass Times: 10:30 High Mass (Latin/Dutch) 12:15 High Mass (Latin/English)
  • A formerly concealed church... Peace in the middle of a hectic Amsterdam This is a former concealed Catholic church, stil in use for Holy Mass and confession. Yes, it is open to the public. Walk down Kalverstraat to find this church. Keep your eyes open, because it is easy to walk by this location. You will immediately feel the peace and quite as you enter. Walk right in and have a look around. This is a house of worship, so please whisper so others can sit down and accept the invitation that is posted by the entrance of this church: "15 minutes for God". There is a host sitting in the back of the church, available to answer your questions, provide you with a candle, and even a rosary if you wish. As you sit here, you can only start to imagine how this church was built and used after the Catholic's were forced to leave the city. This church is proof that no matter how hard we try, you can never truly force a change of religious tradition on anybody. Beliefs will continue to live on, no matter how hard you try to influence it.
  • Highly recommended to visit when shopping. Escape from the crowded street and enjoy sudden quietness
  • This church is not on the map, but well worth a visit as it is a very nice surprise.
  • Church hidden in the shopping street. The Interior is very nice, well worth a visit
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