Unusual Places in Amsterdam

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The Mercies of Oude Kerk

Ouderkersplein 23
Visit: Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm,
Sunday from 1pm to 5:30pm (closed January 1st, April 27th, and December 25th). Admission: 10€.

Oude KerkThis church, which dates back to 1309, is the oldest church in Amsterdam. It is located at the entrance of the red light district, erected here, maybe because sailors used to frequent and venerate this church… They probably went to pray before going to see a prostitute, and then went to confess afterwards!

You can visit its magnificent gothic bell tower (April to September from Thursday to Saturday 1pm to 5pm) which dates back from the 16th century. From there, you have a nice view of the city, and you can admire the 47 bells of its 17th century carillon. You will also see a magnificent pulpit, very beautiful oak organs, and very beautiful stained glass windows.

But what you must not miss are the bawdy or merciful sculptures that adorn the choir stalls. They represent popular sayings such as “yawn like an oven”, “Money doesn’t come out of my backside” and “it’s by forging that you become a blacksmith.”

The Mercies of Oude Kerk
The Mercies of Oude Kerk

Money doesn’t come out of my backside
Money doesn’t come out of my backside

Yawn like an oven
Yawn like an oven

another saying

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The Golden Torso

Ouderkersplein

Golden torso

In the middle of Ouderkersplein’s cobblestones, the square on which the Oude Kerk is built at the edge of Amsterdam’s red light district, you can’t miss this bronze hand caressing a breast…

It appeared here in February 1993 and is the work of an anonymous artist who is also the creator of the statue of the little woodcutter and that of the man with the harmonica.

But who made it and put it on the street?
But who made it and put it on the street?

Beautiful Statue

Respect Sex Workers all over the world
Respect Sex Workers all over the world

Ouderkersplein

This statue of a woman in a shop window was made by Els Rijerse in 2007. As the inscription below says, it was erected as a sign of respect for the sex workers in the Red Light District.

« Respect Sex Workers all over the world »

The Little Woodcutter (little man with saw)

little man with saw

Leidsebrosje (Stadhouderskade, 12)

Near Leidseplein, we looked around this small square for a moment before finding this bronze statue of a man sawing the branch he is standing on, on a large plane tree’s branch.

This statue is the second of the anonymous works that appeared in Amsterdam at the end of the 80’s/beginning of the 90’s, including the golden torso and the man with the harmonica.

It dates from January 30, 1989.

If the Little Woodcutter changes his mind and wants to leave his branch before it falls down, he’ll have to free himself… Indeed, during all these years the tree has been trying to make him a prisoner by covering his feet with its bark!

little man with saw
little man with saw

The Man with the Harmonica

Anjeliersstraat 175

This work appeared on the façade of a house in Jordaan in 1994. It is said to be the work of the same anonymous artist that sculpted the Golden Torso and the Little Woodcutter.

Harmonica man

Burglar’s Façade Stones

Jacob Frederik Mullar - Burglar from Amsterdam
Jacob Frederik Mullar – Burglar from Amsterdam

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Normally, the stones on a building’s façade are there to indicate the homeowner’s occupation. Well, here, we see a home in the Jordaan district. Was its owner really Sjako (Jacob Frederik Muller), a famous criminal burglar who was beheaded in 1718?

In any case, this façade pays tribute to him, like a book by Justus Van Maurik (1901) which makes this man out to be a kind of Robin Hood who only stole from the rich to give to the poor…

If you have any information, I’d like to know the true story… Anyway, it’s funny to see a façade stone with the effigy of a burglar!s

Burglar’s Façade Stones Amsterdam Sjako
Burglar from Amsterdam

Façade Decoration ‘Het groene wout’ (The Green Duvet)

Het groene wout – Amsterdam

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This beautiful decor, reproducing a work by Vincent Van Gogh, is painted on the façade of a coffee shop, “la tertulia,” one of the first in Amsterdam…

The grass we smoke there should lead your imagination to add some sweet greenery to the city! (Er… that’s my idea, but not having verified it, I’d rather you not interpret that as advice…!)

The cyclist with pink hair and a pink bike

On a bicycle path in Amsterdam Noord

Impossible to write down an address because this curiosity, like so many others, is constantly on the move… If you meet, try to take a picture and pin it to your map…

The cyclist with pink hair and a pink bike
The cyclist with pink hair and a pink bike

The Reclining Tree

Vondelpark

Weird, weird… windy Amsterdam? Personally, I haven’t often come across trees lying down like this… If you visit Vondelpark, you should go see it…

Vondelpark
Vondelpark – Amsterdam

The Nieuwe Kerk Sundial

Nieuwe kerk

Dam

This Gothic Church doesn’t really serve it’s religious function today… It is visited as a museum and, in addition to its magnificent mahogany pulpit, it houses many exhibitions.
For example, at the beginning of 2017, we celebrated Marilyn Monroe’s 90th birthday! Rather surprising!
But, what caught my eye when I walked around the Dam Square is the superb sundial that adorns this church’s façade.

Front stone of the castle that turns silver into gold…

Prisengracht
Silver into Gold – Prinsengracht

Rozenstraat
This is what you can see when you visit Amsterdam by looking up at the façades…

It was near Anne Frank’s house in the Prisengracht district. I liked the stone façade, but neither I nor Angel could guess how it works…

Too bad, because I would have been ready to start a conversion! Any ideas?

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