Commissioned by: The Church of the Dolerenden
Albert Cuyp Market
The Buiten-Amstelkerk (church) is situated at a busy spot on Albert Cuypstraat, where the daytime street market attracts plenty of visitors. Despite how busy it is, the building is still striking, and this is not just because of the golden angel on the roof. The church building serves to interrupt the façades along the street which, apart from the church, consists pretty much entirely of shops and private dwellings.
The former Buiten-Amstelkerk (church) in use as a supermarket, 1982
The Church of the Dolerenden (meaning those who feel sorrow) was founded by Abraham Kuyper, the leading figure in the Anti-Revolutionary Party who went on to become Prime Minister of the Netherlands. The Dolerenden seperated from the Dutch Reformed Church in 1886, and in 1892 joined forces with the Afgescheidenen (those who had seperated from the Dutch Reformed Church in 1834) to form the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands. This religious community managed to set up four churches in Amsterdam's city centre within a very short time, with this church the only one remaining.
Angel on the roof of the former Buiten-Amstelkerk, 2009
The Buiten-Amstelkerk is a gallery church. Running all around the interior there are galleries, which rest on cast iron pillars. The advantage of this is that a large number of seats can be created in a small space. Furthermore, this layout was deemed the most suitable for a service in which the emphasis was on the preaching of the word. The Renaissance forms on the façade, such as the entrance section, refer to the seventeenth century, when Amsterdam chose the Protestant faith and had liberated itself from Catholic Spain.
The pulpit (no longer present), 1962. Photo: W. de Haas