"The Hart" of Christ: The Hidden Chapel of Amsterdam

By Elizabeth Wise

In 1661, Catholic businessman, Jan Hartman, had the brilliant plan to build a hidden chapel in his home. His success trading linen and selling local wines enabled him to purchase adjacent properties to build his secret chapel. He acquired one canal house along the Oudezijds Voorburgwal, as well as two additional properties in the connected alley.  After these three acquisitions, Hartman immediately began major work on the buildings.

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