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De Oude Kerk

Red Light District (De Wallen)
As featured in 3 Days in Amsterdam and 4 other guides
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Address: Oudekerksplein 23, 1012 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 625 8284
11:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 5:30 pm

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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Skip New Church and Go to Oude Kerk Instead

Upon entry you must pick up the red Route Map. Of all the places you see and visit, not offers a map like this with interesting tidbits about the history. The best part is the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As of April 2016, the church itself is under construction and gutted of all interior decorations. Entry fee is reduced, but you can skip the church itself. The bell tower climb is the real attraction (accessed through side close to red light district). This climb takes you up the six levels to the highest picture taking opportunity in the canal... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Upon entry you must pick up the red Route Map. Of all the places you see and visit, not offers a map like this with interesting tidbits about the history. The best part is the hand-drawn map of the church on the reverse (19.5"x25.5"). It shows you exactly where to look for great hidden gems that most tour guides would... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There is a few nice pieces of artwork but I don't know it's worth the price of admission. There are better churches to see in Amsterdam.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I visited this church as it was on the "recommended list" of attractions to see. Whilst it is a huge church the insides are very sparse. Unfortunately when we visited the organ pipes had been removed for renovation so the organ looked quite "naked". However, there was one very unusual feature to the inside of this church,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were impressed by this beautiful church, although very simple. The ticket sales people were not friendly but don't let that turn you away. At the same time, an art in public spaces exhibit was in place inside the church. Very cool. It was interesting to see an artist depict birth using old film as his medium in a church... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really nice structural study with the "Old Church" but the interior is not much except for the huge organ and thousands of gravestones which make up the floor. Organ was not in use while we visited and if they had been, I'm sure the rating would have picked up another star or two. If you already have a pass like... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were not sure about the church as an art exhibit was going on but were able to tour the church any way. Excellent audio tour - little corny but informative. Takes about an hour - tells you about the graves, famous graves, interesting facts and information about the church. It looks so empty but there are a lot of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The oldest stone building in Amserdam. While cycling through the city you can not miss this huge building.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fun to step off the busy street into such a calm, quiet, historic place. Huge, open and lit only by natural light so it's very calming to sit inside and admire the space/architecture. Not somewhere we spent ages in but it made an interesting contrast to the bustle and rush all around it and if you're interesting in history/architecture etc... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was not a particularly beautiful church in my opinion and would not have been worth a visit had we not had the Amsterdam card.

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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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