This Catholic church in a canal house of the Red Light District is the only surviving schuilkerken(clandestine church) that dates from the Reformation, when open Catholic worship was outlawed.
Located alongside a canal in the Red Light District, the Oude Kerk is the oldest monument in Amsterdam, dating from 1250. Inside it has painted wooden ceilings, box pews and choir stalls with misericords.
Designed in 1639 for a Protestant congregation, the Marekerk is a good example of Dutch Classicism.
The Renaissance-style Westerkerk (West Church) shelters the remains of Rembrandt and his son, Titus, and is where in 1966 Princess (now Queen) Beatrix and Prince Claus said their marriage vows.
In Amsterdam's Bible Museum, visitors can explore biblical history and geography in a variety of objects, images, and installations. It also provides a rare opportunity to tour a 17th-century canal house.
This grand Ionic-style synagogue was built in 1665 by Sephardic Jews who had fled Spain and Portugal for tolerant Amsterdam. Still in active use, it is lit by large, low-hanging brass chandeliers with 1,000 candles.
The Lokhorstkerk is a modest building with a classical facade in Leiden. A "clandestine" church, it was built in the 17th century by the Mennonites.
The New Church is a 14th century Gothic church located next to the royal palace. It functions as the national church of the Netherlands, hosting inaugurations and special exhibitions.