The Oude Church, Amsterdam

Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Church
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. Arrange your visit to The Oude Church and discover more family-friendly attractions in Amsterdam using our Amsterdam online road trip planner.
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  • A disappointing experience. There is not much left inside the church. Of course that is the way it is. But then dont charge people 12 euro's each to find out. The website does not give much info...  more »
  • The Old Church is now used as an art space for the people of Amsterdam and featured an interesting exhibit of light and sound while we were there. It was unexpected and thought provoking. Sadly, the.....  more »
  • The oldest building in Amsterdam. Does not function as a church but they arrange various events every second year. This time there is an interesting temporary installation created by Adrian Villar...  more »
  • Nice location. Lovely coffee and my wife and I really enjoyed the apple pie. The other cakes and pastries on sale looked very appealing too, but we couldn't resist the pie. Delicious! This is a busy place. We visited in the late afternoon and there were still queues for seating, especially in the outdoor entrance courtyard area. Well worth a visit.
  • Amazing cathedral in the center of the city with a free audio cuide to know the history. It is very cheap (12€) and you can use your student card to get a discount.The Oude Kerk caught the corner of my eye during a wander through the city. At first, I was a little taken aback by the red light windows located so close to the church.
  • The oldest church in Amsterdam. They now use it as a museum, although the amount of offerings and information available is minimum. Possibly the most interesting thing they have to offer is Rembrandts letter for the intent to marry, and learning that the floor is a graveyard with thousands of early Amsterdam citizens buried below the stones. It is an interesting visit, but again, the amount of history and things to listen to on the guided audio tour is not particularly expansive.
  • Absolutely gorgeous building both inside and out. Listening to the carillon play every 15 minutes is a treat. There is very little in the way of explaining the building unless you bring a set of your own earplugs to plug into a device you can carry around with you. Perhaps the most stunning feature of the interior is the pipe organ. I would have paid double to hear it played.
  • Nice and quiet church comparing to the outdoor red light districts. The Oude church is very beautiful inside. Sadly I could not learn anything from its background or history, would be nice to hang some posters or something since the entrance is not for free

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