Sint Olofskapel / Saint Olof's Chapel

Sint Olofskapel / Saint Olof's Chapel (HM258J)

Location: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland 1012 AN Amsterdam
Country: Netherlands

N 52° 22.57', E 4° 54.01'

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Sint Olofskapel op Oudezijds Kapel

De uit de eerste helft van de 15de eeuw daterende Sint Olofskapel is het op één na oudste kerkgebouw in Amsterdam. Het is oorspronkelijk gebouwd voor Noorse zeelieden en vernoemd naar de Noorse koning Olav. De bouw kwam in diverse fasen tot stand. Na de alteratie in 1578 fungeerde het gebouw tot 1615 als eerste koopmansbeurs in Amsterdam.

In 1645 werd de kapel voor de protestantse eredienst geschikt gemaakt en verkreeg het zijn huidige vorm. Uit die tijd dateert ook de zand-stenen hoofdingang, toegeschreven aan bouwmeester Hendrick de Keyser. Het opschrift luidt: 'Spes Altera Vitae': 'Hoop Op Een Beter Leven'.

In 1917 werd het religieus gebruik gestaakt en het interieur verwijderd. Sedertdien werd de kapel voor diverse wereldlijke funkties gebruikt, zoals kaasbeurs, distributie van voedsel in oorlogstijd en centrum voor kunstcontact in de zestiger jaren.

In 1966 brandde de Olofskapel geheel uit. In 1992 vond de restauratie en verbouwing tot conferentiecentrum plaats ten behoeve van het Golden Tulip Barbizon Palace Hotel. waarmee de kapel door middel van een tunnel onder de Zeedijk is verbonden. De zeskantige toren werd naar oorspronkelijk gotisch model gereconstrueerd door N.J. Kesper te Amsterdam.


[English translation:]

Dating



from the first half of the 15th Century, Sint Olofskapel (Saint Olof's Chapel) is the second oldest church building in Amsterdam. It was originally built for Norwegian sailors and named after King Olav of Norway. The construction was completed in various phases. After alterations in 1578, the building served until 1615 as the first merchant trade hall in Amsterdam.

In 1645, the chapel was altered for Protestant worship and took on its current form. The sandstone main entrance dates from that time, attributed to the architect Hendrick de Keyser. The inscription reads: 'Spes Altera Vitae': 'Hope for a Better Life'.

In 1917, religious use was discontinued and the interior was removed. Since then, the chapel has been used for various secular functions, such as cheese fairs, the distribution of food in wartime, and as a center for the arts in the 1960s.

In 1966, a fire completely gutted the interior of the Olofskapel. In 1992 the restoration and conversion to a conference center took place, making it part of the Golden Tulip Barbizon Palace Hotel, with which the chapel is connected by means of a tunnel under Zeedijk Street. The hexagonal tower was reconstructed according to the original Gothic model by N.J. Kesper of Amsterdam.
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HM NumberHM258J
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Placed ByZimmermanfonds, ANWB
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Date Added Sunday, February 4th, 2018 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)30U E 370654 N 5804576
Decimal Degrees52.37616667, 4.90016667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 52° 22.57', E 4° 54.01'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds52° 22' 34.2000" N, 4° 54' 0.6000" E
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5 Zeedijk, Amsterdam Noord-Holland 1012 AN, NL
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