From Napoleon to now
During the French occupation of the Netherlands, a certain pint-sized emperor allegedly housed his horses inside the church. The Amstelkerk has come a long way since then and now boasts a neo-Gothic interior and a monumental 19th-century organ. The church hosts concerts and can be rented for a variety of activities such as formal dinners, weddings, funerals and meetings. NeL, the adjacent café and restaurant, offers visitors a shady terrace that’s a perfect spot to enjoy a meal or a cool drink on a warm afternoon.
The church is managed by Stadsherstel, which restores and preserves monuments ensuring that the original character of the building is left intact but that it is also suitable as a cultural venue. In this way, Amsterdam’s heritage remains open to the public.