The "Old Church" is the oldest church in Amsterdam and dates from 1300. It is no longer in use as a church but as an exhibition place. The floor is covered with very old grave-stones and many of them are beautiful decorated but a bit declined because of the many footsteps in all the past years. I will show you the grave stones later but will now focus on one special grave.
I have described the church before here
One of the best known people who is buried here is Saskia van Uylenburgh born in 1612 and died in 1642. She was born as the daughter of a Frisian mayor. She did not marry an academic, but became the wife of painter Rembrandt van Rijn, who was the son of a wealthy miller from Leiden. In the course of her life she was his model for some of his paintings, drawings and etchings.
Saskia was orphaned by age 12 and raised by her sister Hiskje and her husband and later by another sister Antje who died young. In 1634 she married Rembrandt and moved to Amsterdam. Rembrandt gained financial success through his artwork and bought a house in the Jodenbreestreet which is a museum now, the Rembrandthouse
Selfportrait of Rembrandt
Three of their children died shortly after birth and were buried in the nearby Zuiderchurch. The sole survivor was Titus, who was named after his mother's sister Titia. Saskia died the year after he was born, aged 29 in 1642, probably from tuberculosis and was buried in the "Oude Kerk" (Old Church).
This a my tribute to Taphophile Tragics