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The Oude Church, Amsterdam

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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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  • 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 wit...  more »
  • De Oude Kerk, or old church, is the oldest building in Amsterdam. Given this premise, the place deserves a visit if there was an entrance fee of 10 euros. This figure is absolutely unjustified, since the Church inside is quite bare and without too much information. I would not recommend a visit.
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  • Old church that has the peculiarity of being located practically within the red light district and surrounded by public baths. Interesting architecture but nothing spectacular.
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  • I would say that the best part about this church are the canals and everything else around it. Take your time to explore the local area and you'll definitely be rewarded with better photos opportunities than being at the immediate location
  • Major turnoff. The ticket to get in is 10 Euro which is fine but - no cash and no American Express (the only card which does not charge transaction fees). I refuse to pay a high transaction fee for a 10 Euro charge... Folks, wake up - get into the 21st century. On the other hand - maybe this is how these guys control access. In my case I got great espresso fr the "De Koffie Schenkerij" right next door attached to the church and it tasted gregreat! 😀
  • Oude Kirk was underwhelming. Though the church is impressive, the art installations inside ruin the authenticity of the former place of worship, in my opinion. This church played a huge role in the making of the Red Light District; be sure to learn the history in order to appreciate it. Worth a short visit if you can get in for free (I Amsterdam's City Card), but I wouldn't pay the entrance fee.
  • Haven't been inside the church. We did the tower climb for 7.50€. Great guide, great roundhouse kick view from top. 30 mins.
  • I went specifically for the show they had inside, so I didn't mind paying to get in. But I can see others being disappointed. The church is beautiful though and they have great exhibitions.