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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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