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The Oudezijds chapel still exists but is no longer in use as a church. The building is not open to the public.

Van Gogh in

Oudezijds Chapel

  1. 14 May 1877
     - 5 Jul. 1878

Vincent van Gogh attended services in the Oudezijds chapel multiple times. On 15 July 1877, he heard his Uncle Stricker preach at the 10 a.m. service. It was poorly attended and Vincent was surrounded mainly by orphans. He reported that the sermon was:

“a warning not to become too attached to outward forms and ceremonies without truly sincere religious feeling of the heart, as opposed to a life without belief in the things that are higher than those in this life.” Read the complete letter

Vincent considered the little neighbourhood around the church with its narrow streets such as the Zeedijk and Teertuinen, a “very nice part of the city” that reminded him of central London.

Relevant letters from Vincent

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  1. Reindert Groot, Teio Meedendorp

    Vincent van Gogh over Amsterdam, een stadswandeling rond 1880
    Bussum, 2003
  2. Lekker wandelen in Amsterdam, Van Kattenburg tot Begijnhof, Met Vincent van Gogh door Amsterdam
    VVV Amsterdam
  3. Reindert Groot, Sjoerd de Vries

    Vincent van Gogh in Amsterdam
    Amsterdam, 1990