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De Oude Kerk

Oudekerksplein 23, 1012 Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)
020-625 82 84
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Ranked #106 of 303 Attractions in Amsterdam
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Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Abu Dhabi
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

very disappointed. Expected to see a church, instead saw a modern art museum that was extremely out of place. A Church i a holy place that should be holy, if I wanted to see what I saw there I would go to anywhere else. First with the put your face instead of Jesus statue, then the clueless modern art that... More

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Using the museum card gave us free entrance to the History & Royalty exhibition. The free audio system was excellent. On the day we visited there was an organ recital (half an hour) by the Church organist so we just sat, listened, and had a rest.

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Constanta, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Yes the church is almost empty, only few pictures and sculptures inside and some contemporary art. Yes it is in the heart of Red district, around it there are "girls" at their job, coffee shops, candy shops and but inside you should pay maybe for tower climb

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

De Oude Kerk, which dates from the 14th century, stands in a pleasant setting in the Red Light District and its exterior is interesting. But like most reformed churches, its interior has been stripped of most decoration and it feels rather empty and cavernous. There are ornate organs and chandeliers as well as a few stained glass windows in the... More

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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Big and empty - need to bring your imagination and a guide book. Some stained glass surviving and a large ornate organ but little else. Suits those interested architecture, the church and the early history of Amsterdam. The big plus here is that it is one of the few attractions that you don't have to queue for. There is an... More

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Seattle
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

So it has neat old churchy things to look at. I actually thought the New Church was more cool but this place certainly has a sense of history. It's surrounded by the Red Light District which means the area surrounding the church is an interesting place to visit. It's worth a trip here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This place is major cool. Don't expect a religious experience because it hasn't served as an actual church in a long time. Oldest building in Amsterdam. ..1306

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NJ
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We have been coming rerularly to Amsterdam for 44 years and had never come to this church before. This church, despite its old age and history was rather drab and undecorated when compared with other European Cathedrals which stayed Catholic, especially in France and Southern Europe. I would not have been happy about shelling out money to see the so-called... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

If you have limited time in Amsterdam, I wouldn't spend any of it here. The church was a disappointment. The inside is extremely plain. Not much to see. They have turned it into some kind of an art gallery, and had modern sculptures dotted about the place. The kind of art that I "don't get" at all. They seem to... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This was one of my husband's favorite things in Amsterdam. It's full of history and information and you can literally touch anything you want. I did think it was strange that this old church is in the middle of the red light district. There are literally prostitutes right outside the church door.

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