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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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The Oldest Building in Amsterdam!

This old church is located in the present main red-light district of Amsterdam and was consecrated in 1306 with Saint Nicholas as its patron saint. Much of the catholic church was... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This old church is located in the present main red-light district of Amsterdam and was consecrated in 1306 with Saint Nicholas as its patron saint. Much of the catholic church was looted and defaced around 1566 and taken over by the Calvinist after the Reformation in 1578. J.P. Sweelinck (1562-1621), a famous organist and composer, got his start as organist... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

what a wonderful piece of beauty and ancient as it comes. we discovered the church and it's history by accident...a treasured accident

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

One of the oldest in Amsterdam.. Worth a quick stop. We were able to get to the top of the bell tower during an exhibit, wonderful historic structure. Right in the thick of the action... So while some are in the red light district others can look into the past. Some of the graves in the building are quite interesting... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We were met with an entrance fee of 7.5 euro each and you must pay by card not cash. We were only in Amsterdam for a few hours and had not intended to use a card but were forced to.i wish we had not bothered. The church was mostly empty and 1 thing we had wanted to see- the organ... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

On our trip, we went into several Catholic Cathedrals and this was the first Protestant church we visited. Very different from the Cathedrals and worth a look if you have time. We spent about 30 minutes walking through and that's plenty.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

If you have to buy your entry then don't go inside. Ten euros is way too expensive for what you get in return. There was some art instalation (the most expensive climb to the top) in The roof but it would cost another 10 euros so no thanks.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Grand old building. Worth visiting especially for art installation on roof. Not for those with fear of heights. Be aware you have to pay by card- NO CASH accepted. Pleasant coffee shop with food made by people coming out of sex trade, helped by a charity. Also be aware it's in red light district and hard to avoid seeing women... More 

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Antwerp, Antwerpen, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

I went to the Oude Kerk during my visit to Amsterdam in april 2015, while there was the world press photo exhibition. This way I had a great impression of the church, while visiting my favourite photo exhibition. win-win!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Stumbled upon this church in the middle of the red light district. There is no audio guide or description in English available. The interior is plain, dark but exudes a real sense of history and tranquility. There are lots of tombs in the floor so you are practically walking on graves!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We rushed to get to the church at 4:30 as the guide book said it closed at 5. My friend had recommended a visit. The door was closed and the only information was about tours of the tower. I was very disappointed to not be able to visit the church.

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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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