The Zuiderkerk was designed by Hendrick de Keyser and was built in the early seventeenth century. It was the first Protestant church in the city. The church is a pseudo-basilica and consists of a central nave and two slightly lower aisles. The gable ends on the north and south sides are very richly decorated in Renaissance shapes. Unusual for that time are the rectangular windows. No church services have been held since 1929.
Back in the days
From 1975 to 1979, the building was completely restored and given a definitive destination as an exhibition space of the Spatial Planning Department. From 1992 it was an information center for space, building and living of the Municipality of Amsterdam.
From the beginning of 2011, the building will temporarily be the operating base of the National Historical Museum. The Zuiderkerk is currently being used as a unique rental location for private and business events. For example for: weddings, dinners, conferences, lectures, meetings and concerts.