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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 - 17:30
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 17:30

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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a very old building !!

this is a strange place. Its very old, and the roof is awesome. Inside was an exhibition - it was beautifully presented with a map and an explanatory booklet - there were some... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this is a strange place. Its very old, and the roof is awesome. Inside was an exhibition - it was beautifully presented with a map and an explanatory booklet - there were some parts we just did not understand - it looked like the main part of the church was given over to this with the seating set to one... More 

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Montgomery, Texas
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The oldest church in Amsterdam that is now a museum. Built in 1213, its huge spire towers at the entrance to the red light district. It is ironic that the working girls look out their windows at this church. The vaulted ceilings and stained glass will impress you. Here the audio tour became quite rambling and boring. Skip it. 1200... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

This church is beautiful on the outside and the inside. The inside has a beautiful wooden ceiling, and I really love the votive candle ships that hang from the ceiling. The organ pipes had been removed when we were there (cleaning?), but they're also quite interesting to see normally. There's a small fee to enter.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

One of the oldest churches in the Netherlands and rather unique because of its wooden ceiling and medieval paintwork. This church survived the iconoclasm of the reformation. Also the burial place of a lot of wellknown Amsterdam inhabitants like

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Bruges, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Maybe because I have recently been in some other grote churches -- Haarlem, Breda, Zutphen, Dordrecht, Groningen -- but frankly I found this church to be ugly. Did not help that when I was here, all the pipes of the organ are not in place, not sure if that is temporary or not. I will agree with other reviewers that... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

A beautiful old church in the red light district. The entrance fee is maybe a little high. We got audio guides but abandoned then halfway through our stay. The narrator just seemed to keep talking without purpose. I don't know, it just got annoying after a while. The history of the church is rich. It was built over 12,000 graves.... More 

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Winnipeg, Manitoba
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2017

This is by far my favourite church in Amsterdam. It was founded in the 1200's! It's actually on top of a cemetery with stones layed out saying who is buried there. They have since removed the remains, but it was fascinating. There is currently an interesting art display, where large broken mirrors are strategically placed on the floor to reflect... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Right in the heart of the red light district, this church is definitely worth a visit. This is where Rembrant and Saskia (his first wife) had heir marriage blessed and where Saskia is now buried (her gravestone is one of many that cover the floor) and where all his children were christened. It’s amazing to think that the church has... More 

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Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

Went here just last week using my "I Amsterdam" card. Glad I stopped in. It's a beautiful old church with old wooden pews and giant chandeliers. There was also a scissor lift that would take you way up to the ceiling for a photo op. It has a couple of smaller rooms you can go in a see. Just a... More 

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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

We came here with our iAmsterdam 72 hour City Card however it had expired about 30-60 minutes before we arrived here and the woman wouldn't let us in, wow, it wouldn't have hurt to let us off after we'd spent a fortune in their city boosting their economy. From what we could see in the crack in the door, it... 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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