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Amsterdam, Holland: The choir screen of the Oude Kerk ("old church"). This is Amsterdam's oldest parish church, consecrated in 1306 by the bishop of Utrecht with Saint Nicolas as its patron saint. It stands in De Wallen, now Amsterdam's main red-light district. The square surrounding the church is the Oudekerksplein...(From the church's information website: "In 1681 the choir was closed off with a brass rood screen. Above it is a text reading"'t misbruyk in Godes kerCk allengskens ingebracht, Is hier weer afgedaEn in 't IaEr zeventiCH acht (XVº) "The false practices gradually introduced into God's church, Were here undone again in the year seventy eight (XV)"), a reference to the Alteratie on 26 May 1578, when the Roman Catholic town council, supportive of Spain, was replaced by a Protestant Orangist council. .
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