22 September 2006

The concealed Westerkerk

The Dutch love to build. And improve. And destroy and improve. I’m talking about construction, and like in many major cities in the world, Amsterdam is almost constantly being repaired.

One of the current projects is the Westerkerk, pictured above. I know it's hard to tell, but this church tower is usually spectacular to gaze upon. I know from experience because for the last two years, I have been able to admire the bell tower from my apartment window. I could hear the bells chiming and glance out my window to check the time, always with a small smile in acknowledgement of my privileged location.

But not now. Ever since I returned from my summer holiday in the U.S., the Westerkerk has been swathed like a baby. The bells still chime, but I’ll be damned if I can see the clock hands.

The thing is, I have no idea what “they” are doing to it. I really hope it looks the same – or better – when the long-running improvements emerge. But now, I’ll have to get my jollies off the Zuiderkerk. Or the Nieuwe Kerk. Or the Oudekerk. All far from my apartment’s view.

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