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De Oude Kerk

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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
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13:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 17:30
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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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Oldest (still in use) buildin in Amsterdam

This is within easy reach of all the other attractions but could be easily overlooked. Its not the most stunning of churches I've visited as the Protestant reformation took its... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 October 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

This is within easy reach of all the other attractions but could be easily overlooked. Its not the most stunning of churches I've visited as the Protestant reformation took its toll on the interior but this in itself makes it an interesting visit. We opted for the free audio commentary which tbh is very over the top (actress is very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

We very much enjoyed our visit to De Oude Kerk. It is the oldest building in Amsterdam and one of the most peaceful. The church has some stunning Marian stained glass windows and the Grand organ is something to behold. If you have the Iamsterdam card entrance is free.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

The church is beautiful as is, but without the audio guide I would have missed out on a lot of interesting stories and details. It's well done, by an actress, and although a bit slow at times I found myself listening to the whole thing. It includes interviews with various people involved with the church, and even the head of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

I didn't go in but it is quite beautiful from the outside and well worth making a side trip to see. It is just as beautiful lit up at night

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

An ancient church with a lot of history... Be sure to check out the wood carvings, Rembrandt's wife burial space, the ships. The organ was dismantled during my Sept 2016 visit. The exterior is beautiful, but don't stay in one spot for too long as you're in the Red Light district.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

It is incredible to find such a religious place in the "Red Zone". It is magical, with lots of things to discover following the self audio tour or the material given at the entrance when you get your ticket. I took thousands of photos and learned a lot about the city. Highly recommended if you like art and history.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Long walk from where we were staying to get to this ancient cathedral and once inside it seemed quite bare. Not a lot of explanations about what to look at in the self-paced visit

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Not a lot to see inside but it is free and there were no lines. We all thought the best pictures came from the square.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

This church is amazing. It's true the New Church is more informative but if you take the funny little map they give you and walk around you can learn a thing or two. To me it is just a wonder that 500 years ago people were capable of building such an amazing structure. They only take cash. And if you... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Included in the Iamsterdam card. Nothing to see, in and out in 5minutes. Sorry was not a highlight of our trip

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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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