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De Oude Kerk

Red Light District (De Wallen)
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Address: Oudekerksplein 23, 1012 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 625 8284
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11:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 5:30 pm

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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The first stop on our "The Miniaturist" pilgrimage

We both loved Jessie Burton's novel, The Miniaturist, about Petronella Oortmann and her husband Johannes Brandt set 17th century Amsterdam. If you've read the book, you know that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Oop North, England

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Oop North, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We both loved Jessie Burton's novel, The Miniaturist, about Petronella Oortmann and her husband Johannes Brandt set 17th century Amsterdam. If you've read the book, you know that the book starts with a scene at Oude Kerk. It's an atmospheric place with hundreds of gravestones set into the floor. The accompanying floor plan is quite amusing and points out lots... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Time your visit for 4pm on Tuesday or Saturday if possible to hear the carillon concert. Stand on the bridge behind the church with the crowd, and watch the funny man on a boat in the canal play "with" the carillon player. It is a lot of fun, he gets the crowd to sing along. Then asks for tips, of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We unfortunately could not go into the church as we arrived quite late. Ironically the church borders the Red Light District. The statue symbolising the "ladies of the night" worldwide stands right next to the church.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

De Oude Kerk is at 800 years the oldest building in Amsterdam. The clock tower is quite attractive but when you walk inside it is a big disappointment, with lots of bare spaces with nothing in. I am glad I didn't pay to go in, having a Museumkaart, because I would have felt cheated. Rembrandts wife is buried here but... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Quiet interesting but relatively expensive. There was not much information within the actual church but was worth a wander round. The terrace did not seem like a stable structure to me and was actually shaking with the force of the wind. It gave good views of the canals and the city. The staff were friendly and helpful.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a very interesting area. Shops, restaurants and the red light district. I was unable to go into the church because it was too late in the afternoon. Next trip. You must read up on the history. This church is all in enclosed by small shops. the best candy (chocolate) shop. Beautiful display of candy. yummy

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We paid Euro 25 for 2 persons to view Oude Kerk and climb to terrace. It was a disappointment since the church is empty inside and terrace does not give a good view of the city. My recommendation will be to take a few pics from outside and avoid this church.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

This was a place I wanted to see whilst in Amsterdam. It was great as it was not over crowded and easy to find. The church was lovely and steeped with lots of history and all the grave stones on the floor inside were beautifully carved. I enjoyed our trip here worth a visit €7.50 each but they only tale... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

I'm atheist so on pure aesthetics it's a lovely old church. It's quite large as well. Not much more I can say really.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

I wanted to see this church and got the opportunity last weekend. It is impressive in its own way. The main organ and the choir area were certainly worth a look. There was a Gay Pride photo exhibition which I thought was at odds with the strict Calvinistic vibe which the church emanates. Worth seeing.

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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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