Saturday, April 29, 2017

Z - Zuiderkerk Church Tower, Amsterdam

The Zuiderkerk Church was built between 1603 and 1611 and was the first Protestant church of Amsterdam. The tower was completed in 1614.  French Impressionist painter Claude Monet painted the church during a visit to the Netherlands.  The church is near Rembrandt's home, seen in the photo near the bottom, along with his statue in the Rembrandtplein.


The date of 1614 can be seen on the tower above the clock.




Statue with a recreation of The Night Watch.

So you have seen the Night Watch in oil, Delft pottery, and bronze.  Which do you prefer?

Thanks for traveling with me through A to Z in Benelux.  I hope you enjoyed the tour.  Come back tomorrow for a look at another UNESCO World Heritage site.

Bonus:  Zinnia - A flower I plan to grow this year: (and one the critters don't like)

Zinnia x hybrida
By Muhammad Mahdi Karim (Own work) [GFDL 1.2], via Wikimedia Commons

34 comments:

  1. Congrats on finishing the A to Z Challenge. It was fun to visit with you through your travels. WeekendsInMaine

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    1. Thank you for traveling with me. I learned a lot about some good products on your blog.

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  2. Impressive clock!! WTG on finishing A/Z!!! Quite an achievement. Due to the stress of work and other things going on, I didn't follow along with a lot of A/Z'ers this year, but did enjoy the posts of yours I did read!

    betty

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    1. Betty, I know you are having a bumpy patch. Thanks for stopping by when you had the chance. All of the posts are right under the Travelog tab above.

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  3. Interesting that it was so late (in the early 17th Century and not the 16th) for the first Protestant church to be built, but I supposed many of the first were congregations that left the Roman Church and became Protestant.

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    1. I had forgotten how religious this country is. We have a large Dutch settlement on the west side of Michigan and I actually had Dutch neighbors when I was growing up. There are many churches here, but I missed seeing the Catholic 'Church in the attic', where Catholics hid and worshipped during the Reformation.

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  4. Congratulations on your A to Z, Denise. I know how much work it is, and you did a great job. 👏👏👏👏👏

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    1. Thank you very much. Did you guess Z? I have to hop over and see what you chose.

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  5. What a perfect place to end our journey together. Places I knew, places I didn't know, and places I thought I knew until you told me few facts I was unaware of! Thank you.

    It's farewell to Amble Bay!

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    1. Thank you for riding along Keith. Come back tomorrow for two more places you may or may not know.

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  6. It's been a great trip. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for tagging along. Gotta admit this is way better than sitting through 400 slides of my first trip to Europe as my family will surely agree.

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  7. I feel bad for not reading all of your posts - I have a lot of catching up to do. Maybe one day I will conquer my fear of flying and get on a plane to Europe. Until then, I will tag along with your A to Z's.

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    1. Don't feel bad. You have a job to go to. I sat here this morning playing 'catch up' for the blogs I follow and I don't work. Thanks for stopping by today.

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  8. Think I like the bronze version best. How nice of the Dutch to provide you with a Z today. Congratulations on completing the A to Z Denise. It is hard work, I know.

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    1. Hard work but a lot of fun. And how you manage to blog six days a week amazes me. And I like the bronze best too. So glad I happened upon it. Amazing what you see when you just start wandering around - and get lost.

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  9. I loved the painted version of The Night Watch, but quite like the statues too.

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    1. It is quite the subject in a lot of artistic endeavors in the area. Thanks for travelling with me this month.

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  10. Fabulous photos, Denise, especially the church tower. I've thoroughly enjoyed your tour of Benelux. Congratulations on a successful A to Z Challenge!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the trip. Thank you.

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  11. What a beautiful place. Makes me want to book a trip right now. (I can only wish)

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    1. I would love to go back again. It is a very nice city to see on your own.

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  12. Beautiful! I've enjoyed the tour from A to Z!

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    1. Glad you came along. Thanks for joining me.

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  13. Wonderful pictures, I must get to Amsterdam.

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    1. Yes, you must. I waited several years for the Rijksmuseum to be renovated, but it was worth the wait. So glad I made the trip.

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  14. What a beautiful piece of architecture - really catches the eye, even from a distance. Thanks for a fun and informative series of posts and congrats on reaching the end of the Challenge!

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    1. There are so many beautiful sights in Europe when it comes to architecture. Sometimes I envy the cousins I have living over there and being so close to all the great sights.

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  15. I like the Delft pottery version!

    I had a wonderful trip through your A to Z posts. Thank you! And congratulations for completing the challenge!

    Trudy @ Reel Focus
    Food in Film: Zagnut

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    1. I have to think that making the pottery was harder than the original painting.

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  16. Congrats on completing to A to Z! I am playing catch up. I love the Knight watch. I also love the rendition of this famous painting. Zinnias was my Oma's favourite flower

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  17. Congratulations on a fine finish! Amsterdam would be a great place to visit..a history buff's dream.

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  18. What a tall structure! It seems to reach out and touch the sky.
    Congratulations on completing the Challenge. It's been wonderful to see these places through your memories and photos.

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  19. Congrats on surviving another A to Z Challenge! Sorry I missed all the posts, but I'll try my best to catch up.

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