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The Oude Church, Amsterdam

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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2.8/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web
Complete with a wooden roof and a floor made up of gravestones, The Oude Church stands as the oldest building in Amsterdam, aged over 800 years. Originally constructed in 1214, the church underwent several modifications in the following 400 years, eventually converting from a Catholic venue to Protestant one. Visit the building and explore its vaulted interior. Today the interior looks plain due to destruction during the Reformation; however, it still features several intricate stained glass windows and centuries-old organs. As you wander, examine the graves beneath your feet and you'll see the names of many prominent Amsterdam residents and statesmen, as well as the wife of the famed Dutch painter Rembrandt. Be sure to take a peek into the rooms surrounding the central hall, where you'll find displays of paintings and artifacts from the church. Before you head to Amsterdam, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Amsterdam tour planner, to make sure you see all that Amsterdam has to offer, including The Oude Church.
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  • Worth taking in on a self-guided walking tour - some nice photo opportunities and some more canal shots. 
  • If you are passing through the area you can enjoy its exterior and facade, the interior has no interest therefore the entrance is expensive.
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  • 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 adja...  read more »
  • Gorgeous old church with an interesting audio tour. It was fascinating to walk over the tombstones that compose large swaths of the floor and think about all of the time that has passed.
  • It is an old church. Impressive history and interior. To make it worthwhile make sure there is a special event on like and exhibition or a concert. Then you get vlaue. Tip: The tea/coffee area just beside is wonderful for the neighborhood. You don't have to go into the church to enter the tea/coffee area.
  • Amazing historical building! The vaulted ceiling is made in resemblance to the interior hull of wooden ships! It's a great way to get immersed into Amsterdam's history. The tomb of Saskia van Uylenburgh, wife of the famous Golden Age Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn, is located here. Additionally, the organ is a masterpiece!!! Lovely place to take selfies at. There is a rather expensive small café inside, not necessarily my type. the entrance is rather pricey, around 12.5 euros, but is totally worth it! considering that a historical building like this is maintained mainly by the entrance fee!!! It is located in the exciting Red Light District. 10/10 would recommend!
  • From outside this building is amazing structure. You have to see it in the night, especially when red lights are on if you know what I mean....
  • Beautiful old church of Amsterdam. Location is nowadays a bit weird , due to the red light district which is very near.
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