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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Amsterdam Memories - Oude Kerk

Thinking of Amsterdam, still months away, my yearly visit. Browsing some photos from my last.

The Oude Kerk (Old Church) 1650. One of my favorite places, located in the center of the Red Light District. Filled with memories of times long past. Rembrandt was married here. His wife if buried underneath the floor made out of massive tombstone slabs. Rembrandt himself was planted somewhere less important. Some of the slabs are engraved with names and bits of wisdom.

Kirk 3 

Don’t pull too hard on a weak rope.
Sail when the wind blows: Anything is easier when you have help.
Money doesn’t fall out of my arse. (I’d love to know the story behind that one.)

The door to the sacristy is red. Getting married was referred to by the people of that time as, “Going through the red door. Above the door, more words of wisdom: "Marry in haste, repent at leisure."

The organ. Notice reclining figure mid center.

Kirk Organ

Looks like hard sitting. I hope the sermons were short!

Kirk 5 

Stairway to heaven – Or maybe just the roof.

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