Netherlands Historic Sites and Landmarks

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Portuguese SynagoguePortuguese Synagogue
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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

MarekerkMarekerk
Leiden, Netherlands

Designed in 1639 for a Protestant congregation, the Marekerk is a good example of Dutch Classicism.

New ChurchNew Church
Amsterdam, Netherlands

The New Church is a 14th-century Gothic church located next to the royal palace in Amsterdam. It functions as the national church of the Netherlands, hosting inaugurations and special exhibitions.

Jewish Historical MuseumJewish Historical Museum
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Housed in the 17th-century Great Synagogue of Amsterdam, this excellent museum displays Jewish art, religious objects, historical artifacts, and multimedia presentations.

National Museum of AntiquitiesNational Museum of Antiquities
Leiden, Netherlands

The Rijksmuseum van Oudheden is the largest museum of antiquities in the Netherlands. The collection includes ancient Egyptian, Persian, Roman, medieval and other artifacts.

BegijnhofBegijnhof
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dating from the early 14th century, this picturesque enclosed courtyard contains a Reformed Church and hidden Catholic chapel. It provides a serene oasis in the center of the city.

Anne Frank HouseAnne Frank House
Amsterdam, Netherlands

During WW II, eight people from three families lived together in this house in near total silence for more than two years. Visiting the rooms where Anne Frank hid is a moving experience that brings her writings to life.

NicolaaskerkNicolaaskerk
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Overlooking 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 irreverent misericords.

Leiden American Pilgrim Museum
Leiden, Netherlands

Occupying a historic house in central Leiden, this small museum recreates the Pilgrims' 11 years of residence in Leiden before they left for the New World.