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De Oude Kerk

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
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Address: Oudekerksplein 23, 1012 GX Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 625 8284
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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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One of the oldest church, and a first one in Amst. Just in red light area :) You need to pay to enter, I don't like paying for churches but this is worth. As good reformed church... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well worth visiting, the 800-year-old De Oude Kerk (Old Church) is Amsterdam’s oldest building and oldest parish church, founded around 1213 and consecrated in 1306 and today stands hidden down narrow streets in the heart of Amsterdam’s red light district. You are literally walking on the history of Amsterdam as you walk over the floor which consists of the gravestones... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

One of the oldest church, and a first one in Amst. Just in red light area :) You need to pay to enter, I don't like paying for churches but this is worth. As good reformed church it is empty. Just a big history in it. Also it has a nice small caffeterie next to.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is free with the iamsterdam card or museumkaart so if you have these it's definitely worth the money to have a quick look in. It's nowhere near as impressive as some other churches, but the ceiling is unusual as I've not seen many wooden ceilings in huge churches and it had painted designs on too. There was also an... More 

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Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's really interesting as you can stumble upon some exhibitions inside. Mesmerizing stained-glass windows. Take a peek inside if you're a fan of architecture, history, religion etc. but rather if you have your entrance fee included in something like I amsterdam card. Located in Red Light District (and you might feel pretty awkward about a brothel next to it if... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had heard that it was interesting.... the guide books praised it.... it was close to our hotel (The Sofitel Grand) and so we decided to visit it. The woman on the desk was so helpful: she sent us up the street to buy a museum pass --- 60 Euros. Yes, but we were soon in profit during our 3... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

(Entrance is in a different place vs. the church entrance). The church is part of history and should visited, but the tower the “must see.” It’s a serious climb. The stairs are sometimes more like ladders. You even need to “back down” on certain of them. You pass by a carillon and bell system. But, at the top you look... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is not really a lot to see in Amsterdam despite their brilliant marketing, but this beats the lot - a dull old church, newer than a few hundred in the UK which you cannot get inside. View it as part of a drag around the red light district and yawn.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I supposed that, given its history, the Oude Kerk is an essential part of the basic Amsterdam experience, but within the world of European churches, this falls somewhat near the lower end of the interesting scale. By all means, see it, but if you are there, do not miss the nearby Museum Ons'Lieve Heer Op Solder (Our Lord in the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited during the 'Once In a Lifetime' exhibit, which was free with the I Amsterdam card. Exhibit was interested, and spread across the inside of the church. An interesting place for such an exhibit - suited the content well. The church itself feels like one of post-religion. I'm not sure if it's still a working church, but it didn't feel... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First of all, the juxtaposition of strict Calvinist morals with the brothel across the street was pretty amusing. Anyway, like others have said, this church is basically a giant shell. There isn't much to see inside but I really like architecture so I enjoyed my visit. The floor is comprised of gravestones which was also very interesting to me and... More 

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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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