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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 #111 of 303 Attractions in Amsterdam
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Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Liege, Belgium
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We went there on the 13th of September, which was open monuments day in Amsterdam. There was a wonderful choir and an exhibition. The church is just mesmerizing!

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Belgrade, Serbia
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79 reviews 79 reviews
41 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I don't know... average, cold, plain, not-so-interesting temple without that little something to remember. I had to go through photographs I took there to recall. Be sure to visit because it is the oldest Amsterdam monument, but you will not remember it, trust me.

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Crowthorne, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

An unusual church, worth paying the €5 to see, despite it's ongoing renovations. Excellent information leaflet tells you everything you'd wish to know.

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Washington DC
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30 reviews 30 reviews
24 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is a big old church, but does not have much on the interior. When I visited there was an art/sculpture exhibit up, otherwise the interior would have been even more bare.

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Brantford, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

After ducking past a half dozen naked women getting there, I was looking forward to a historical experience in the city centre. With hundreds of years of operation behind it, this church has undoubtedly played host to noteworthy events and must be full of interesting stories. Unfortunately, the brochure provided I found difficult to follow, and while some parts of... More

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Abu Dhabi
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

very disappointed. Expected to see a church, instead saw a modern art museum that was extremely out of place. A Church i a holy place that should be holy, if I wanted to see what I saw there I would go to anywhere else. First with the put your face instead of Jesus statue, then the clueless modern art that... More

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Using the museum card gave us free entrance to the History & Royalty exhibition. The free audio system was excellent. On the day we visited there was an organ recital (half an hour) by the Church organist so we just sat, listened, and had a rest.

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Constanta, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Yes the church is almost empty, only few pictures and sculptures inside and some contemporary art. Yes it is in the heart of Red district, around it there are "girls" at their job, coffee shops, candy shops and but inside you should pay maybe for tower climb

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

De Oude Kerk, which dates from the 14th century, stands in a pleasant setting in the Red Light District and its exterior is interesting. But like most reformed churches, its interior has been stripped of most decoration and it feels rather empty and cavernous. There are ornate organs and chandeliers as well as a few stained glass windows in the... More

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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Big and empty - need to bring your imagination and a guide book. Some stained glass surviving and a large ornate organ but little else. Suits those interested architecture, the church and the early history of Amsterdam. The big plus here is that it is one of the few attractions that you don't have to queue for. There is an... More

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