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De Oude Kerk

Red Light District (De Wallen)
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Address: Oudekerksplein 23, 1012 GX 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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Lovely old church in the centre of town. Very peaceful place amid the chaos. Take a few minutes to sit outside and people watch.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely old church in the centre of town. Very peaceful place amid the chaos. Take a few minutes to sit outside and people watch.

Thank Tim M
Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looing for somewhere to spend a couple of hours, ether to get out of the rain or just somewhere to visit that is not expensive, then the Oude Kerke is an excellent destination, close to the Centraal Station and next to the Red light District, it is a rare oasis of calm and history. Like many churches... More 

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Nieuw Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice to see if you are in the neighborhood. Not really impressive but the Graf of Saskia, Rembrandts wife is in the church.

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South Florida, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In the shadow of the big Oude Kerk in a little fenced courtyard is a delightful little open air cafe, we stopped and rested our weary bones and refreshed ourselves with delicious cakes and coffee. There is no shortage of coffee shops here but this was a very nice quiet little niche in which you may sit quietly and watch... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth taking in on a self-guided walking tour - some nice photo opportunities and some more canal shots.

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Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

During our visit the church (which is not deconsecrated) was hosting the Pride photo awards exhibition. There's a coffee shop inside the church, a nudie sculpture outside it and it is immediately adjacent to the Red Light District. Be sure to check out the hemp products in the gift shop. All of this has to be giving the Vatican fits.... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited De Oude Kerk to see the Pride Photo exhibition. It's a beautiful space and the the exhibition has some powerful and thought-provoking work in it. It's on until Sunday October 16th.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arguably one of the most interesting audio tours in Amsterdam, without which the inside feels quite empty. The tour is definitely worth the ~1h wandering about, and provides insight on both the building and the culture of Amsterdam. Very recommended.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is within easy reach of all the other attractions but could be easily overlooked. Its not the most stunning of churches I've visited as the Protestant reformation took its toll on the interior but this in itself makes it an interesting visit. We opted for the free audio commentary which tbh is very over the top (actress is very... More 

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We very much enjoyed our visit to De Oude Kerk. It is the oldest building in Amsterdam and one of the most peaceful. The church has some stunning Marian stained glass windows and the Grand organ is something to behold. If you have the Iamsterdam card entrance is free.

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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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