Onze Lieve Vrouw ter Nood
The statue of Our Lady of Distress in Heiloo, the Netherlands.
Heiloo was a popular place of pilgrimage during Medieval times. After the Reformation the shrine was destroyed, but Dutch Catholic kept coming there in great numbers to venerate Mary. In the early 20th century a pilgrimage chapel was built that is still visited by thousands of pilgrims every year.
A statue of Mary and Jesus in the church of SS Peter & Paul in the Kalverstraat in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The church is often referred to as ‘De Papegaai’ (The Parrot), because it was originally hidden in the enclosed garden of a bird trader. This goes back to the days when public displays of Catholicism were forbidden in Amsterdam.