The Orthodox presence in Amsterdam goes all the way back to the Golden Age – the 17th Century – when the Saint
Catharine Chapel stood on the city's Oude Zijds Voorburgwal.
Russian and Greek merchants and seamen attended services there. In 1697 Peter the Great worked for some months
at the Amsterdam shipyard of the Dutch East India Company. It was at this yard, and not in Zaandam, that he is
said to have learnt ship building. He attended church there as well...