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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. 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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  • The Oude Kerk (means Old Church) is Amsterdam’s oldest building. Its unusual as it seems to have various sections in different styles. The building was founded in 1213 and consecrated in 1306 and.....  more
    The Oude Kerk (means Old Church) is Amsterdam’s oldest building. Its unusual as it seems to have various sections in different styles. The building was founded in 1213 and consecrated in 1306 and.....  more »
  • This was once a very handsome church which was stripped of much of its decoration during the Reformation and now is mainly used as an exhibition space. The organ is quite splendid, as I know from... 
    This was once a very handsome church which was stripped of much of its decoration during the Reformation and now is mainly used as an exhibition space. The organ is quite splendid, as I know from...  more »
  • The church is around the red light district and is the oldest church and also an art gallery. You get an audio guide dutch or english which gives ingotmation about the building. Some of the most... 
    The church is around the red light district and is the oldest church and also an art gallery. You get an audio guide dutch or english which gives ingotmation about the building. Some of the most...  more »
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  • Very interesting church interior and they occasionally have art installations within. I wish that I had realized the interior tour and tower tour are completely separate! If I did it all over again I might skip this part and just do the tower, although by the time I was there, they were sold out for the tower climb due to limited capacity.
  • Beautiful church with a vast historical background. The stained glass windows are beautiful! There isn’t too much to do inside, so I would suggest visiting when there is an exhibition going on, to have more to see.
  • Beautiful old church, but I'm afraid there isn't a whole lot to see. Once you've stepped inside, you've seen pretty much everything there is to see. They had (a temporary) exhibit that was interesting, but also very limited. Not necessarily a must-see attraction, but might be worth it if you're nearby.
  • The Old Church is currently under renovation. I chose to climb the tower with a guide and some fellow tourists. It was quite informative to learn a bit history of the church and its bell tower, our guide Lukas was quite knowledgeable. You could have a bird’s views of the entire city of Amsterdam from the 34-m platform. The entire city was built in a swamp, so not many high rise or high buildings in and near the city. It was well worth the guided tour! Cheers!
  • This was great! A must see if you love history/art/architecture and are in Amsterdam. I also did the tower which was a great experience. The church itself has markings of family crests all over the floors and some curious artwork inside.

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