A famed site in Amsterdam is Southern Church. In 1611, Zuiderkerk became the country’s first church built for Protestants (Dutch Reformed Church) after Catholicism was banned during the Protestant Reformation. The elegant, 230 foot bell tower was added three years later as suggested by the date above the four red clock faces. Both were designed by Hendrick de Keyser. The prolific and gifted architect created the Amsterdam Renaissance (Late Mannerism) style of architecture. He was buried here in 1621. Zuiderkerk ceased being a church in 1929. Since the purchase by the city in 1968, it has housed various government functions. The historic building is available for private functions.