POINTS OF INTEREST
In 1620, as the Jordaan expanded, city planners decided to build a church at this end of town for poorer residents. The Noorderkerk (Northern Church) designed by Hendrick de Keyser and completed after his death by his son Pieter, was built on egalitarian lines in the form of a Greek cross (four equal arms) with the pulpit in the middle. Until 1688 the surrounding square, Noordermarkt, was a graveyard whose residents were moved to make room for a market. The commerce is still evident: on Monday, there's a flea market, with a textile market on Westerstraat, and on Saturday, there's a popular organic farmers' market with a general market along Lindengracht.