Kerk van Ransdorp
In rural north Amsterdam, close to the city yet far away from the crowds and traffic, lies the Kerk van Ransdorp (Ransdorp Church). The church can be seen from a distance because of its characteristic flat-roofed tower, which dates from the Middle Ages.
History in the countryside
The Kerk van Ransdorp is available for hire for dinners, receptions, presentations, workshops, weddings and concerts. The church is on the village square and has a large, beautiful garden. The location has a history that dates back to the Middle Ages, and the tranquil rural environment makes for the perfect setting to achieve personal growth and new insights.
Warm and atmospheric
Although the site has a history dating back to the Middle Ages, the church has all the modern amenities you need for contemporary events, such as underfloor heating, toilets and audio-visual equipment.
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The large tower was designed by Jan Poyt and dates from the early 16th century. The tower is a reminder of the flourishing shipping, trade and industry with which the village was associated in the 15th century. The medieval church was replaced in 1719 and radical alterations were made in 1833. In 1936 the church was rebuilt on the old foundations using 18th century building materials.
Restoring the city
The Kerk van Ransdorp was in urgent need of a major overhaul in 2004. Because the Dutch Reformed Church congregation was unable to realise this, thanks to the City District of Amsterdam Noord, the church was sold to Stadsherstel. The work was carried out with restoration students on site. 17th-century elements of the interior were restored, including the pulpit, the bench under the organ gallery and the side benches next to the pulpit. Under the wooden floor many old tombstones were found, which were laid at the sides. In the middle, the floor was covered with new flagstones. In order to maintain this heritage venue, it has been repurposed to host a wide variety of events.
When we signed up to cycle the route through Waterland, we hadn’t realised that as well as the countryside there would also be beautiful architecture and culture like this in the area.
“The venue and its surroundings certainly contributed to my success in completing my yoga training.