The 2009 conference will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in De Rode Hoed, a former Remonstrant church built in 1616 and located in the heart of Amsterdam's historic district. One of the leading cultural centers of Europe, with one of the continent's largest historical inner cities, Amsterdam has breathtaking architecture, an extensive web of canals and side streets, and many world-renowned museums and cultural attractions. The city offers a wide range of accommodation, from luxury hotels to modest hostels, and is easily accessible from the Amsterdam International Airport.
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A hatters shop was situated behind the buildings Keizersgracht 102 to 106 until 1629. The little red hat on the façade of number 104 is a reminder from which the building derives its name. In 1629 the wine merchant Antoni de Lange and doctor Jan van Hartoghvelt bought the hatter’s shop on behalf of the Remonstrant Brethern in order to hold their services there. Officially these services were forbidden. In 1630 a real church was built on the foundations of the hatter’s shop with entrances at Keizersgracht, numbers 102 and 108. The original organ was built around 1719 by the German Thomas Weidtmann. The current organ dates from 1862 and was built by P. Flaes, an organ builder of Amsterdam. The building remained a Remonstrant church until 1957. It is the biggest and oldest clandestine church remaining in the Netherlands. Established in 1990, De Rode Hoed has since been a famous national debating centre.