Amsterdam is sometimes referred to as the ‘Miracle City’ — a nickname which it has earned for an incredible event that rendered it a place of pilgrimage since the Middle Ages. Tradition has it, that on the 15 March 1345, a man lay seriously ill in his house on the Kalverstraat. Thinking he was about to die, he called for a priest to administer the last rites, including the Blessed Sacrament. After receiving the host, the man became sick and finally vomited. As was the custom, what he had brought up was thrown on the fire. The next morning the host was discovered undamaged in the ashes. It was put into a box and taken by a priest to the parish church (the present-day Oude Kerk), but on two occasions miraculously made its way back to the house on the Kalverstraat.
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