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In the 16th and 17th centuries Amsterdam was famous for his tolerance. Freedom of religion was guaranteed and Hugenots from France and Jews from Spain and Portugal find a refuge in the city that became more and more prosperous.
There was one exception though. Roman Catholics had a rough time and were not able to come together for a mess. The Dutch were fighting their independence war against the Habsburgs of which the Spanish king Phillips II was the leader.
Roman Catholics had their churches in hiding of which one is very well preserved in the tallest of the canal houses on the left side on the photo which is a museum nowadays.
It lasted till the 19th century that Catholics could build their own churches like the big one on the background: the Sint Nicolaaskerk.

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Additional Photos by Gerrit van der Linden (Gerrit) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5476 W: 95 N: 8687] (47666)
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