Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Herengracht 88



Ladies and Gentlemen, I introduce to you: the Herengracht 88.

I wanted to provide a few more pictures of the new home location for our church in Amsterdam... Particularly for those who can't drop by and see the place for themselves, I hope these photos will help to provide a little sense of connection with current developments in our church. It's pretty exciting stuff.

In the above picture, you can see the general setting of Herengracht 88 -- a beautiful canal-side location in central Amsterdam. The church space is located beneath the "Lieve" Belgian restaurant, in the brown building featured in the middle of the picture. Just next door to the Belgian restaurant (at the bottom of the gray building) is a pub called 't Arendsnest (The Eagle's Nest), and three doors in the other direction, at the corner (with the red awning), is a place called Cafe Baton. And in nice weather, the cafe uses the broad space in front of the canal (stretching for almost the entire length of the picture) as an outdoor terrace. So there should be no shortage of places for people from our community to hang out!



In the closer view above, the door to our facilities can be glimpsed directly behind the bicyclist, five steps down from the street (there's a red sign on the door, which you could also see in my close-up shot from yesterday). It's kind of funny that we'll be moving from an attic to a cellar! We've still got some work to do to figure out what we're going to call ourselves (since the name "Zolder50" means "Attic50")...



Herengracht 88 is located close to the intersection of the Herengracht and the Herenstraat. If you look on the map, you'll see that this is really an incredible location! We're only about 400 meters (a quarter of a mile) from the Dam (historic center of Amsterdam), and about 800 meters (half a mile) from Centraal Station. There are tons of unique shops and cafes and restaurants in the neighborhood...

We should be getting the keys and taking our first real look inside the place for the first time tomorrow (Thursday). I've actually been inside several times already -- and even once with a camera -- but we haven't really gotten to look around the place since the previous tenants have vacated the premises. I'll try to post more pictures and information and stories as I'm able. Please keep praying for our church during this period of transition!

7 Comments:

At 5:07 PM, Blogger Bret said...

As a vote from Overseas...I vote you keep the name "Zolder50" - it's got a nice ring to it, you won't have to change anything, it will be pretty cool that you will have a name that means attic in the cellar, etc... anyway.

It looks wonderful (from the outside at least.) I hope it works out in every way - especially with the landlords and that a great and rewarding relationship is developed!

 
At 5:32 AM, Anonymous Anna Beatty said...

That place looks awesome! What a great location, too! I'm so excited for you guys, and I can't wait until I can come see it in person sometime.

Anna

 
At 5:34 AM, Anonymous JR Woodward said...

Eric,

Thanks for keeping us all posted. It looks like you guys have a sweet spot. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

 
At 6:39 PM, Anonymous mom said...

What a cool place! It looks like God has blessed you all once again and it will be exciting to see the direction in which He leads in the future! I can't wait until we come and see it!

 
At 8:21 PM, Blogger Caroline said...

Praise God! All of here at the office are excited to hear (& see photos) of how God has provided.

 
At 1:27 AM, Blogger Noel Heikkinen said...

Wow. Great location.

 
At 9:36 AM, Anonymous Kate said...

I stayed at Heerengracht 88 when it was a student hostel back in 1977!! I remember many wonderful times chatting in the cafe downstairs with people from all over the world, and nursing a beer all evening (we were very poor students then) exchanging news of the days events and wonderful places that we visited in your beautiful country.
I am delighted that the building will still serve as a meeting place for the community, and I hope to see the church when I visit from Australia later this year.

 

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