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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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A bit disappointing

Cavernous and with not much to see. There was an "art" exhibition on when we visited, which consisted of videos being projected on the walls and ceiling. Very pretentious, trying... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Cavernous and with not much to see. There was an "art" exhibition on when we visited, which consisted of videos being projected on the walls and ceiling. Very pretentious, trying to be deep and meaningful but in my opinion rubbish! Spoilt the atmosphere.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Myself and the wife were looking forward to visiting this church, 10 euros per adult was a bit steep, but we still paid it and went in. The church is lovely with all the floor in graved with names and the stained-glass windows, this would get a better rating if it wasn't for the tony oursler art work!! For some... More 

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Skipton, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I wanted to see the Oude Kerk because it is said to be the oldest building in Amsterdam. Unfortunately it is in the heart of the red light district but my wish to see the church outweighed my feelings about the ladies in the windows. What a disappointment (the church not the ladies)! It is no longer a functioning church... More 

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We visited the Oude Kerk in early March.Ten Euros is too much for a place that has very little to see 10 euros each far to much to pay its more interesting on the outside than the in. i wouldnt bother paying to go in just walk around the outside.i think the the most interesting part is rembrandt wife is... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This church is adjacent to the Red Light District and worth walking around just to experience incongruity of the place. Inside there is very little to see that is unique. The temporary exhibit was the only benefit I could find. Skip the inside unless you are into the temporary exhibit.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We visited the Oude Kerk in early March and although it is a magnificent building I must say that we were disappointed by the Tony Oursler 'Art' installation, that continued to shoot video images of people onto the ceilings and walls of thei fine building. As well as the video there were voices which ruined the atmosphere of the building.... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Ten Euros is too much for a place that, although has history, is simply under-utilised space. Tony Oursi's exhibition was, in my view, inappropriate in a religious building, trite and hackneyed. First year philosophy at best. Where is the history of the church? Some art perhaps? The inside was featureless and characterless. We were hard pushed to spend ten minutes... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Glad we visited this but the organ is being repaired at the moment so was sadly not visible. Lots of little rooms, plenty of graves, a few very nice stained glass windows. Currently the modern art on display is videos on the ceiling or wall (fine) but one of the stained glass too (really does not work). Note that it... More 

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cambridge
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Big, ugly monstrosity in the middle of the Red light district. We only went in because we could go in free with I Amsterdam card. No way is the visit worth 10 Euros!!! I quite like churches but this soulless place left me cold. It had no sanctity about it. Big, empty and dark. Nothing special. As for the 'art... More 

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Reading,
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Fascinating building with several historic details that make it an interesting visit. Model ships, organ, pulpits, burial headstones and, in particular Delft tiles skirting floors in side rooms all in a typical Calvinist building. External architecture is fabulous, enhanced (?) by the working ladies that surround the square (Monday morning is probably not their finest hour). However, when all is... More 

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