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photoblog image The Nieuwe Kerk's Clock

The Nieuwe Kerk's Clock

I don't care what kind of clock it is, I "collect" them all.  This one, a sundial, is on the side of the church facing Dam Square in Amsterdam, just off to the right of the Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace) from yesterday's post.

You can read more about the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) here, but it dates back to the late 14th century and was Amsterdam's second parish church after the population outgrew the Oude Kerk (Old Church).  It's no longer used for church services but for organ recitals and celebrations,  like the coronation of the Dutch monarchs!

Like so many things I'm finding here in Amsterdam, I can't find the info I want about this sundial, other than to say it's shown on these 2 stamps from the Netherlands.  If I find out more, I'll let you know!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


The Nieuwe Kerk's Clock

I don't care what kind of clock it is, I "collect" them all.  This one, a sundial, is on the side of the church facing Dam Square in Amsterdam, just off to the right of the Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace) from yesterday's post.

You can read more about the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) here, but it dates back to the late 14th century and was Amsterdam's second parish church after the population outgrew the Oude Kerk (Old Church).  It's no longer used for church services but for organ recitals and celebrations,  like the coronation of the Dutch monarchs!

Like so many things I'm finding here in Amsterdam, I can't find the info I want about this sundial, other than to say it's shown on these 2 stamps from the Netherlands.  If I find out more, I'll let you know!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (17)

  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 27 May 2007, 03:50
Very cool!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ruth.
Interesting clock...great shot Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Bridge. A "clock" of a different color. smile
Like the composition and the little red detail smile
Ginnie Hart: I wonder what that "little red detail" is, Aksel.
Bonito contraste entre el tejado y el cielo !! Me gusta... pero una cosa? el reloj estaba en hora ? lol! smile
Pretty resistance between the tile roof and the sky! I like... but a thing? the clock was in hour? lol! smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! And I have no clue how you could possibly tell time by this sundial! Ade and I were there around 12:30 one day but that's not what the sundial says, as far as I can tell.
Never seen a clock like this on a wall before smile
Ginnie Hart: Especially one that's so washed out, Magnus. smile
That's a stunner. I like it very much!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Red Pen.
Its definately the biggest sundial I've ever seen Ginnie smile Regards, Chris
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Chris. It's probably even bigger than it looks since it's way up at the top of the church. I think we'd be surprised!
  • Ellie
  • 27 May 2007, 23:04
Hey Ginnie, it's like the one on our church that Chris took a picture of. Half way down the wall on here
http://eclectic.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Time's_Three!/

Neat capture, it must be really quite old. And to think it was dependent on sunshine, couldn't tell the time at night or on a cloudy day!

It was probably set to read natural time rather than 'summer time'. Midday would have been when the sun was directly overhead. wink
Ginnie Hart: These sundials are so captivating, Ellie. Remember that UK link from awhile back (when we were in London in February) and you found out the name of the church it was on? I wonder if there is a similar link to sundials all over the world?! Surely there is a place to find out more about this one!

I agree about the "natural time" setting but that would still be two hours off? Now I'm curious about how these "clocks" work!!
Great sundial but I like the roof more. What a structure you found, it has everything doesn't, a weather vane, stained glass, lets you see what time to be in church and that roof !

Lovely
Ginnie Hart: HA! I like the roofline more, too, Johnny. Makes me wonder what those little knob-thingies are!!
  • Zebigleb
  • friendsland
  • 27 May 2007, 23:50
This is an unusual clock, very nice shot !
Have a nice week !!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sir Zeb. You, too.
Very nice Ginnie !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Roland. smile
  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 28 May 2007, 12:16
Looks great Ginnie. Is it accurate? What happens when daylight saving time comes in? I'm afraid sundials wouldn't be much good here in Dublin right now with the rotten weather we're having. We'd need a raindial instead!
Ginnie Hart: Good questions, Jimbo, but I'm afraid I haven't a clue! And to think that's all they had, once upon a time. Now, a raindial would surely be good for something! smile
  • Louis
  • back in South Africa
  • 28 May 2007, 15:02
Had to make a comment on this one. Tried to take a picture of a sun dial in hungary - afterwards appreciate your way of taking these pics so much more.

Hint - stay away of hungary, I don't think you can have enough memory for all those steeples, clocks, vanes and stuff. I kept on thinking of you in every little town or big city. And what a history they have - fighting the odds - Moors, Turks, Habsburgers, Naziz and Soviets. OK I will stop now before I start waxing the lyre.
Ginnie Hart: Your words are very kind, Louis. I'm glad you thought of me while out-n-about because I sure was thinking of you, wondering what treasures you were finding! I can hardly wait to see them.
Wonderful "clock" Ginnie! I've never seen a sun dial posted on the side of a building. Very nice.
Ginnie Hart: Churches, for some reason, seem to have them, Kay. I showed one from our London back in February and it was even more impressive. This one seems pretty washed-out.
http://ginniehart.shutterchance.com/photoblog/A_Clock_of_a_Different_Color/
  • L.Reis
  • Lisbon
  • 28 May 2007, 22:24
Quite an impressive angle on this shot. This is the kind we can look for quite a while amazed by all its details.
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean, Lina. I just wish I knew how exactly they tell the time! smile
  • Julischka
  • the black hole where time disappears
  • 29 May 2007, 07:49
Very interesting angle indeed! And an extraordinary clock for your collection. wink
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. Thank you kindly, Julia.
fun angle, i really like it...
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Sam. smile

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