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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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Nice church, pity about the installation

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Bare and empty are the usual adjectives, I'd use for this place. Cold too. Unless there is a special exhibition that you want to see, I'd find somewhere else.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I was looking forward to seeing inside this historic church and the interior didn't disappoint. Very stark and structural (being there at dusk, the interior gloom added a note of period realism) and Saskia, wife of Rembrandt, is buried there (easy to miss it, as they've taken the sign down). The Tony Oursler art exhibit sounded promising, but was deeply... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The church in the early centuries probably resembled many ornate cathedrals in the rest of Europe. Post reformation De Oude Kerk has a stripped down and almost too bare ambiance. To see a Pride art exhibit inside this very Calvinist church seemed a bit odd. There are hundreds of graves with removable slabs underfoot-- some have coffins stacked eighteen deep.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The church is usually used for the exhibition and the "World Press Photo" awards ceremony every year When there is no exhibition you can see that the church is very big inside. Beautiful leadlight windows, big organs, and amazing painting on the wooden ceiling. This is the oldest church in Amsterdam. The famous people who often visited this church in... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The oldest building in Amsterdam and, ironically for a church, stuck right in the heart of the Red Light District the church is interesting without fulfilling it's full potential. The external architecture is impressive and the scale of the interior is awe inspiring, but the construction work going on at the moment takes the edge of the experience. Rembrandt's wife... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

The oldest building in Amsterdam. Very beautiful on a sunny day, with the light coming in through the windows. We got reduced entry as the church was being prepared for an exhibition that evening - The full price of 7 Eu would have been a bit steep. Pleasant place - with lots of atmosphere.

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