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Foreign Church Route
Rotterdam has long been home to the widest variety of foreign religious denominations and churches. After the Reformation, the Netherlands was in vogue because of the freedom of religion enjoyed there. Rotterdam's Scottish and Walloon religious communities derive from those times. Many seafarers' churches would follow later. Often exotic structures, these have been welcomed by the city as an enrichment. This is not the case with the still contested construction of mosques for the growing Muslim community. Many exceptional churches are located on a route along Schiedamse Vest and Westzeedijk. This 'foreign church route' begins with the Scots Church on Schiedamse Vest. Near the Kunsthal is the Greek Orthodox Church situated. Though based on the Greek building tradition, it was designed by Dutch architects. The dome is borne up by four columns. On the other side of Westzeedijk in The Park stands the Norsk Sjømannskirke. Farther along Westzeedijk the Russian Orthodox Church is situated.