ons' lieve heer op solder
Although Amsterdam is known worldwide for its tolerance, for more than 2 centuries any religious services other than those of the official Dutch Reformed church were prohibited. This led to a boom in clandestine churches, of which 'Ons Lieve Heer Op Solder' (Our Lord In The Attic) in the heart of the Red Light District is the best preserved example. The church was housed in the attic of three adjacent 17th century houses. The beautifully preserved interior as you can see it now is the result of a redecoration in the 18th century, the lower floors are a very fine example of traditional 17th century architecture.