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De Oude Kerk

Neighborhood: Red Light District
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Address: Oudekerksplein 23, 1012 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 020-625 82 84
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We visited the Oude Kerk in early March and although it is a magnificent building I must say that we were disappointed by the Tony Oursler 'Art' installation, that continued to... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We visited the Oude Kerk in early March and although it is a magnificent building I must say that we were disappointed by the Tony Oursler 'Art' installation, that continued to shoot video images of people onto the ceilings and walls of thei fine building. As well as the video there were voices which ruined the atmosphere of the building.... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Ten Euros is too much for a place that, although has history, is simply under-utilised space. Tony Oursi's exhibition was, in my view, inappropriate in a religious building, trite and hackneyed. First year philosophy at best. Where is the history of the church? Some art perhaps? The inside was featureless and characterless. We were hard pushed to spend ten minutes... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Glad we visited this but the organ is being repaired at the moment so was sadly not visible. Lots of little rooms, plenty of graves, a few very nice stained glass windows. Currently the modern art on display is videos on the ceiling or wall (fine) but one of the stained glass too (really does not work). Note that it... More 

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cambridge
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Big, ugly monstrosity in the middle of the Red light district. We only went in because we could go in free with I Amsterdam card. No way is the visit worth 10 Euros!!! I quite like churches but this soulless place left me cold. It had no sanctity about it. Big, empty and dark. Nothing special. As for the 'art... More 

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Reading,
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Fascinating building with several historic details that make it an interesting visit. Model ships, organ, pulpits, burial headstones and, in particular Delft tiles skirting floors in side rooms all in a typical Calvinist building. External architecture is fabulous, enhanced (?) by the working ladies that surround the square (Monday morning is probably not their finest hour). However, when all is... More 

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Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

In the middle of the Red Light district, this church is the oldest church of Amsterdam. I think this is the reason why it is a bit expensive for what it actually is. Inside, it's big and mostly empty. When we visited, there was an interesting exhibition so we enjoyed a bit more.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This is Amsterdam’s oldest building, built in the 14th century. They had a bit of a crazy/scary video installation by Tony Oursler going at the time, with people’s faces projected on to walls and saying creepy things. There was also one small side room which, when we popped our heads inside, had a small man projected up onto the wall,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 via mobile

The Old Church is on the edge of Amsterdam's red light district, so don't be surprised to see prostitutes in each of the side streets. The church itself has been restorwdbover the past 50 years and is clean and bright, though on a January day it was freezing cold today. there are some interesting carvings and paintings and only a... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This is one of Amsterdam's great old churches. Located ironically in the Red Light District it sits on the canal not far from the train station. Dating originally from the 13th Century when it was a Catholic church it was stripped of its more fancy elements during the reformation when it became a protestant church. It has a beautiful plainness... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Visited twice but only at night and saw it from outside. It is a very Beautiful structure and got some nice pics.

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