One day last trip I went to the cafe on the 6th floor of the Metz & Co
department store not far from our Amsterdam apartment. The tourist books say that it is one of the best places for good pics of the canal ring below.
Well, it's also where I got this pic of one of Amsterdam's Catholic churches, De Krijtberg
, which means Chalk Mountain. It was designed in 1883 by Alfred Tepe, with an elegant, twin-steepled Neo-Gothic façade.
This is the back of the church, of course. The front faces the Singel canal. In the foreground rooftops, can you pick out the beak gable
? :)Addendum: Wim and I have been going back-n-forth about why this church means 'Chalk Mountain.' He says: "I googled the Krijtberg: http://www.krijtberg.nl/. They say that there were
Roman Catholic services on that spot on the Singel from 1654 in a house
called 'Crijtberg' [a warehouse that presumably stored chalk]. The official religion in the 17th century was
protestatism and R.C. services were more or less illegal. The church was
being built in 1881 and restored between 1979 and 2001; it is dedicated to
St. Francis Xaverius."
[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]
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