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De Oude Kerk

Oudekerksplein 23, 1012 Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)
020-625 82 84
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Ranked #104 of 246 Attractions in Amsterdam
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Toronto, Canada
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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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Amsterdam
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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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Manchester
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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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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This is sold as a must see but on visiting it I am not sure why. It is located in the red light district. 5 euro entrance fee. There was some building work going on so the organ was surrounded by sheeting. It was very empty. The café and shop were closed. If you are walking in the area you... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Oude Kerk church is the oldest building in Amsterdam. There was an entry fee but it was free on the Holland Pass. It had an amazing wooden roof and a floor with many tombs, including that of Saskia, Rembrandt's wife. The attached café offered a 10% reduction for visitors to the church. Pros - photos and video can be taken.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Rather bare inside and apart from the grave of Rembrandt's wife not much of interest - cost over 7 Euros.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Stumbled upon this beautiful church during one of the many lovely walks that Amsterdam offers. Right in the middle of the city, and free on the Museum Card (part of the I Amsterdam card), the Church had a haunting exhibition on things related to real-life broken relationship when I visited. A must-see if you are in the vicinity (which you... More 

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Tilburg, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I was wandering in the centrum (went past chinatown and redlight district and along the canal) when I ran into this old building and entered with my museum card. On entrance I was given a hand-painted style map, which was too cute for an old church but I liked very much! Inside the church there was a photo exhibition of... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

There was a very interesting pamphlet that you receive when you enter that explains the history of the church, as well as specific areas and items in the church. On the flipside of the pamphlet is a map drawing of the church by a visitor last year that has some rather humorous commentary and I found quite amusing. If you... More 

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