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De Oude Kerk

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Address: Oudekerksplein 23, 1012 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 625 8284
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Description: 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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After being in several basilicas and churches from Paris through Brugge and now Amsterdam, this was a bit disappointing. The floor of tombs is the best part knowing the history... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

After being in several basilicas and churches from Paris through Brugge and now Amsterdam, this was a bit disappointing. The floor of tombs is the best part knowing the history, but the inside is relatively empty with little to draw your eye. The organ area was under construction and you could see only half of the main organ. The main... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

We were unaware of the platform that has been built over the church for this summer. The walk up the scaffolding stairs was an experience in itself, but once up there the views were magnificent. The gentleman was so helpful pointing out areas of inseresting and where not to go. When we descended we went into the church and found... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

It is the oldest parish church in Amsterdam. Located in the red light district. If you are busy rushing around or nothing in the morning (go first thing 10 am when it is quiet), a place to visit to take a moment and think how old and tall the place is, or have a moment of quiet before rushing around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

besides the tombstones of (very) famous Dutchmen ( and women like Rembrandts wife Saskia) , Japanese artist Taturo ATZU made a rare attraction in his ""ROOM WITH VIEW"". Climb the stairway and see for yourself that Amsterdam has a skyline besides beautiful old buildings and of course a red light district safe to walk through. A must see this summer... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The oldest church in Amsterdam, established in 1306. We paid to climb to "The garden nearest to god", a viewing platform atop the cathedral ( the church is undergoing major restoration so a bit dusty) great views of the city, excellent photo op. The inside is a huge open area full of decorative gravestones in the floor (apparently the rich... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Pass on this attraction. My wife and I love to visit old churches. The older the better. And this church is definitely old. Unfortunately, the church is being used as a museum for some new age graphics art which is displayed by projector on different parts of the interior. I found the displays somewhat sacrilegious and was a bit offended... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

There is nothing interesting in this church. The inside is a complete mess, dirty and with people working everywhere. It makes absolutely no sense

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Of the churches I visited in Amsterdam, I liked this one a lot. It is not, however, super convenient to public transportation. I think we took the tram to Dam Square and walked from there. You should know that this is in the Red Light area. There are scantily clad women in their windows trying to attract customers very close... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This church is the oldest in Amsterdam and worth a visit. Most of the relics have been pilfered, but the structure is beautiful with many old tomb stones on the floor and the stained glass is lovely. Less than 30 minutes, easy to get to via bike and then visit the Red Light District for a bit of contrast. There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

This week we visited De Oude Kerk in Amsterdam. And we did not see it just from the inside: until 9th September visitors have the chance to climb up the stairs to the roof by a temporary scaffolding. So there we were over looking Amsterdam from it's oldest church. It was a wonderful experience. As an Amsterdammer I recognized all... More 

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Address: Oudekerksplein 23, 1012 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 625 8284
Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Red Light District (De Wallen)
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:30 pm

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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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