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De Oude Kerk

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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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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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We were taken inside this church on a walking tour ( Free walking tour Amsterdam) with Marius. As our group was small we went inside and he was able to tell us that it was now a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were taken inside this church on a walking tour ( Free walking tour Amsterdam) with Marius. As our group was small we went inside and he was able to tell us that it was now a Protestant church but it used to be a Catholic church. The church was quite stark, as are most Protestant churches as the Catholic... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

De Oude Kerk offers some peace and quiet in what can be a very lively Red Light District. The best views of the church are from the outside, where the architecture, which is fairly sombre inside, can be appreciated. The €9 entry fee (adults - there is a reduced price for students of €4.5) gets you a descriptive but uninspiring... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whenever I go somewhere new, I always try to see some churches. And I have also been visiting quite a few churches in Amsterdam. De Oude Kerk is so far my favourite. It doesn't have a lot of fancy interious, but it also doesn't need that. The church is beautiful in itsef, and the most important thing for me there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Well, Amsterdam isn't really a religious place (thankfully) but I have a soft corner for churches. These are elaborate, medieval style buildings where you feel an amazing sense of peace and quiet when surrounded by the hustle and bustle around you. The old church (De Oude Kerk) is a really nice place for those quiet moments. And thankfully, not too... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Set in a very contrasting location, we thought that this church had a lot to offer. Coming from a country with a relatively short history this was a pleasure to visit.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love historical sites, love the history of the city, the church is beautiful to look at from the outside. Waste of money to enter. Nothing inside of note and for what is in there expensive. Had two hours left to explore the church which I thought would not be enough, normally take hours and hours exploring sites like this. Was... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a fabulous time in Amsterdam in August. The weather was fabulous so we walked around taking in this wonderful city. This church is the oldest building in Amsterdam. Very imposing. Lovely to photograph Sometimes it's nice to look at other things in Amsterdam that don't revolve around the red light district. Worth a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

DE OUDE KERK is a very imposing church in the Red Light District that dominate's the area and look's superb with it's canalside setting. It's Amsterdam's oldest building and although a little plain both inside and outside, it's simplicity is it's beauty. On any trip to Amsterdam we alway's visit THE OLD SAILOR PUB so we pass this church and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Iconoclasm stripped the Catholic churches of pretty much anything except the walls, and the Old Church is no exception. Basically a large room, its real interest is in its history. The graves under the floor are unique, and the interpretive information gives you a good explanation of everything. But for real beauty and a better feel for that aspect... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Old church in a very interesting area :) The church was built on a cemetery.I liked so much was a bronze relief of a hand caressing a breast ( an anonymous artist) in the street.

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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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