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De Oude Kerk

Red Light District (De Wallen)
As featured in 3 Days in Amsterdam and 4 other guides
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Address: Oudekerksplein 23, 1012 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number:
+31 20 625 8284
11:00 - 17:30
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 17:30

The Oude Kerk is the oldest building in Amsterdam and is located in the...

The Oude Kerk is the oldest building in Amsterdam and is located in the famous historic centre of Amsterdam; the red light district. The Oude Kerk creates in its programs connections between heritage and art, past and present, and provides opportunity for contemplation and wonder. The church shows art projects that fit the cultural and historical value of the Oude Kerk and which strengthen the current art supply. The old church works extensively with national and international partners.

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Only worthy if getting in free with museumkaart et al

Only spent 5min here. Definetely worth a look if you getting in for free with museumkaart or others. But not if paying.

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 January 2017
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Only spent 5min here. Definetely worth a look if you getting in for free with museumkaart or others. But not if paying.

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Came across this famous church (circa 1300ad) by accident and my what a shame it would have been to miss it ,The carving of the pulpit and the light from the windows is mesmerising When we visited there was an exhibition on where large Glass mirrors had been laid on the floor and smashed the effect of the reflections of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

This is the oldest church in the city having been started in the 10th century or thereabouts. It sits firmly in the Red Light District. It was originally a catholic church but was changed to a protestant church. It's beautiful architecture.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

I loved the fact that this church stands real tall in the heart of thd red light district. The architectural design is beautiful and it dominates the skyline in that area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

A friend and I visited Amsterdam on Oct 31st and read online that you can climb to the top of the tower in both the Oude Kerk (Old Church) and the Westerkerk (West Church). Serendipity soon followed as Oct 31st was the end of the tower tour season in Amsterdam - we were lucky to get reservations (Important!) for both,... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Every thing is under renovation. The audio-guide is a monumental farce. I have never felt so embarrassed from an audio-guide. They tried to make it funny, but really it does not work at all. When having an audio-guide, it has to go to the point and if you need more information you press on another button. Not a story about... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Amsterdams oldest building and a unique place to visit. Located in the heart of the red light district, so some of the views outside several side rooms were 'interesting'! The inside is a cavernous space, quite unlike any church I've visited - very stripped back and plain. Fantastic wooden vaulted ceiling. Amazing that over 10,000 Amsterdammers are buried underneath the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

This 800 year old church is worth a quick visit. I think I expected it to be more ornate than it is. The organ has bern removed for repair. The floor which is made up of headstones/flags is also Saskia Rembrandt's burial place, this is noted by a plaque on a stand. We used I amsterdam cards for entry. See... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

There are points of interest in this church like the wood carvings on the seats but overall felt disappointed. The tower is separate from the church and visited and paid for separately. Perhaps it is because the church is not longer used as such it lacked a sense of purpose. The LGBT photo prize exhibition was the most interesting bit.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

It is nice to visit the oldest church in Amsterdam. The structure was absolutely fabulous. My only regret is that is no longer in use.

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to view some of the city’s most picturesque canals, historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples of traditional local architecture – not to mention Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some less salubrious activities drawing the curious to this age-old part of time. Nevertheless, the Red Light District is still a very safe and incredibly fascinating area where at the turn of a corner you can be transported from the dingy glow of modern day neon red to a glorious 16th century Delft blue dreamscape.
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