About Amsterdam's "Religious" MuseumIn Amsterdam's canal district, in the heart of the Red Light District you can visit at Amstelkring Museum. This museum is a little odd, if you take into account that it looks like a church. And if you were wondering about the church-like appearance, you were not mistaken - starting from 1661 this building was used as a church, where Catholics had to pray in complete secrecy. These are years the Holland became protestant, and starting in 1578 catholic masses were not allowed to be held. Following that, the church is only in the attic. This entire building was actually someone's residence.
In 1888 the building was opened as a museum, and since that time it no longer acts as a church. In the museum you can view the house itself, as it was furnished in the 18th century. In the building's attic, after a steep climb on wooden stairs, you can see the church, the steeple, with 150 seats. Marble columns, paintings and statues are only a part of the decorations of the church, all possible to view here.
In the lower floors you can see residential rooms, collections of statues, pictures, and silver vases. It's recommended to go to the drawing room in the impressive house.
Lately the museum has been remodeled and is now open to the public. There are about 85,000 visitors each year.