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Amstelveen Bell Tower


This ends a week's series of images from Amstelveen, a suburb of Amsterdam,
when I visited there with a friend on December 11, 2007.

A few minutes' walk from the town's windmill is this 
De Stadshartkerk
church.
I've tried like the dickens to find architectural info on it but can't.

But I do like the HART in the middle of it on this Sunday!  :)



[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


Amstelveen Bell Tower


This ends a week's series of images from Amstelveen, a suburb of Amsterdam,
when I visited there with a friend on December 11, 2007.

A few minutes' walk from the town's windmill is this 
De Stadshartkerk
church.
I've tried like the dickens to find architectural info on it but can't.

But I do like the HART in the middle of it on this Sunday!  :)



[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (26)

  • Astrid
  • the Netherlands
  • 27 Jan 2008, 00:16
Sprakeloos mijn vriend, this is a stunning capture, the sky is so blue and the color of the church so warm (love the border) love the angle, nice composition. The HART means HEART but I think you already knew, een prachtige foto op een prachtige dag, have a nice day.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, the HART means heart. The HART in English also means red deer. So it is both for me. I like that. The sky was so blue that day when we went by this church. Then later, after the windmill, everything was gray and wintry again. We were lucky. You would have loved it! Bedankt, lieve vriend.
The tiny windows are fascinating and must mean something.
Ginnie Hart: I LOVE those windows, Mary. I wish I could have seen them up close, both inside and out. Maybe on another day. Thanks.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 27 Jan 2008, 00:29
Great colour brick and wonderful blue sky
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Vintage. At that moment of the day the sky was in its glory. A couple hours later it was gray and wintry. Welcome to Amsterdam!
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Jan 2008, 01:16
I can't call this building beautiful, so much as industrially imposing...maybe that was the intention of the church elders at the time.
But, I can say this is a masterful portrait of the building, Ginnie...and wonderful to look at.
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree, Ray. This structure seemed so out of place for me in Amsterdam, where I am used to OLD buildings. But I was so intrigued by the single bell and those chrome-like antennae. I wonder what they were thinking, whoever did the architecture! Thanks.
  • Helen
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
  • 27 Jan 2008, 02:41
The reb brick against the blue sky is stunning!
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Helen. Thanks.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 27 Jan 2008, 07:05
Very stark building for a church, very unlike what we are used to from European shots. You have captured it so well Ginnie against that lovely blue sky.
Ginnie Hart: I so totally agree, Aussie. This is not what I'm used to here in Amsterdam or Europe. Very intriguing! Thanks.
It looks like mobile phone transmitters on the towers, Ginnie. Great idea if they are.
Ginnie Hart: I think they're chrome tailpipes from stolen cars, Chad, or organ pipes! HA! Really makes you wonder! Thanks.
A very modern church with some interesting angles on the bell tower, with the small windows it looks more like an industrial building such as a mill. Well seen Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Les. A very modern and intriguing structure, not at all like what I'm used to here in Amsterdam. Thanks.
  • blackdog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Jan 2008, 09:58
What a stange building - it looks more like a Northern mill than a church, only clue is the bell. With diffferent light this building could be very spooky! But then I have a tendency to do that to all buildings ;o) I think it is something to do with all the "windows" on the side - to me they look like a hundred eyes!
Ginnie Hart: All those windows on the side could be VERY spooky in the right light, Mike, for sure. I wonder what THAT'S all about! Maybe it's really beautiful to see on the inside. 100 eyes watching! Thanks, as always.
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 27 Jan 2008, 10:12
Unusual piece of architecture Ginnie. The shape is very interesting, but why have all those small windows?? It could be a prison or apartment block if you didn't know it was a church.
Great find mijn vriend and who would have thought you took this on the same day as the windmill shot wow you were lucky.smile
Ginnie Hart: I know, I know, I know, to everything you have written. Precies! I had to laugh because the other day I said to the store manager downstairs that the sun was shining and he replied, "For 10 minutes!" grin Take care, mijn vriend!
I like the architecture here. Geometry again Ginnie! Very nice bricks pattern.
Ginnie Hart: Very strange architecture for my Amsterdam eyes, Richard, but I snapped away regardless! Thanks.
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K
  • 27 Jan 2008, 10:46
pretty stark contrast, but not shocking...
Ginnie Hart: Stark but not shocking. I like that, Sam. Thanks.
Could not find the architect either. It is "Amsterdamse School" I think; you probably know what I mean: bricks are important and visually fine dimensions.
Ginnie Hart: I met Philine yesterday, Wim, and we talked about you! smile She's doing an "Amsterdamse School" architectural tour this weekend. So yes, I know a bit of what you're talking about. Maybe I should take that tour myself some day, since I love architecture so much. Thanks.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 27 Jan 2008, 12:01
Are those organ pipes on the top? If so, what a unique church!
Ginnie Hart: I told Chad that they were chrome tailpipes from stolen cars or organ pipes! Great minds, Kathryn! grin Thanks.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 27 Jan 2008, 15:29
This is a church I'd like to see on the inside, because I imagine those windows make some interesting light patterns. I bet the church fathers/mothers would like this image for their communiques!
Ginnie Hart: I'd like to see the inside as well, Ruth. Maybe some day. And thanks for your sweet words.
  • gale
  • Cape of storms
  • 27 Jan 2008, 16:32
It has an industrial feel .. isnt it unusual to have blue skys at this time of year. You do find interesting subjects Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I think you're right about the industrial feel, Gale. And you're right about the blue sky--very unusual for this time of the year, for sure. I was very lucky. Thanks.
What an unusual structure. Perfectly captured, as ever. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Very unusual, Roz. And thanks!
I'm not sure to like this kind of architecture - Anyway, it's a good picture and interresting way to visit Amsterdam smile
Ginnie Hart: I am not a real fan of most modern architecture, Zeb, so I agree. But I did find it interesting, here in Amstelveen. Thanks.
The blue sky and the framing just puts me over the edge. I love this photo!

OF course the color of the sky is one of my favorite shades of blue.

I think you really keep looking back into this photo and notice new things happening. So cool!
Ginnie Hart: You're so easy, Jen. grin Thanks.
  • mickyboy
  • North Yorkshire
  • 27 Jan 2008, 18:44
I am not too sure about modern churches but this might make me change my mind
Ginnie Hart: HA! I agree, Mick. I'm still a fan of the old, old styles. But ever so often a neat modern structure comes along! Thanks.
This has got to be one of the ugliest churches I have ever seen! It looks like a 19th century mill with a bell tower tacked on the endsmile Nicely photographed of coursesmile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Say it like it is, Bill. I like that. smile It certainly is NOT what I would expect in this old part of the world! Thank.
Great how people from abroad appreciate views and objects we tend to overlook so easily, I drove so many times along this church but had to keep my eyes on the road. Thank you for sharing!
Ginnie Hart: So you know where this is, Erik! As you know, it's not far from the windmill. I guess we can safely say the the windmill has more than made up for the church. smile Thanks.
  • Still
  • France
  • 27 Jan 2008, 20:30
Astonishing architecture...
Ginnie Hart: Especially in an old city like Amsterdam! Thanks, Still.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 27 Jan 2008, 22:16
Yes, there could be an influence of the Amsterdamse School indead, as Wim said, with creative-joyful, so different ways to 'flirt' with the bricks, their colours and their forms! Your pic could be one example for the undescribable beauty of bricks- that is the eternal contribution of the Dutch architects to the modern building!
Our architectural tour was geweldig and fascinating, never we thought there would be so many streets, places, whole quarters in A'dam South and A'dam-East, built in this style; self American architects travel to Europe in order to be inspired by this kind of really urban building!
Hartelijk bedankt voor je vriendelijke welkom vandaag, my personal response comes later...
Ginnie Hart: It was such pure delight, lieve Philine, to meet up with you this past Saturday! Now when I see your name and comments, I have a face and a personality to bring jouw woorden alive. DANK JE WEL for your time and energy. We are of all people most fortunate!
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 2 Feb 2008, 16:17
Amazing tower...amazing building!

"Therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee" I make mine the words of John Donne in his Meditation XVII, and offer them to you grin
Ginnie Hart: Those are perfect words, Lina. Thank you. I gladly accept them! smile
Good contrast between the sky and the brick of the building. The tree of the first plane gives an abandonment air!
Ginnie Hart: You are such a sweetheart, José-Angel, to backtrack like this, even though I do not expect it. Gracias.

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