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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  • always worth a visit, to see something new each time, changing exhibitions, surprises which is already quite long to behold. space ...!
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  • A beautiful church, where you really feel the history. It has many beautiful elaborate details and there are many people buried, there are even those in the Church have a private kapelleltje. There are also beautiful stained glass Windows. The organ is quite impressive. There are also regular temporary exhibitions. When I was there, there were all lapping gold-coloured foil on the ground on the tombstones. Upon arrival I was told, that you was supposed to walk around/between requested by walking, because this was a work of art. However, you get to hear what a work of art it is, and there is also no information about available........... Later I heard a Amsterdammer, that every piece of film for a refugee on the world that his place had to search.
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  • A church in full red light district is a particular view, but otherwise offers little to the visitor, as almost all the Dutch churches.
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  • There is absolutely NOTHING to see inside, a look from outside is more than enough. My friends and I bought tickets for ca. 10€ and we weren't event told that the church was on maintenance! (As if there was something to see...)
  • This church is located dead smack in the middle of the Red Light District (RLD) which is a particularly odd place for a church, although it makes confessing to one's sins much easier. Jokes aside, the architecture of this place is to admire. I also read that it is open for tourists to enter at certain times.
  • I was so excited to go here and showed up to see this beautiful building. We paid our money and were told after the fact 'don't step on the gold sheets' as it was part of an exhibition. This church has a number of amazing carvings on the floor with historical significance. They were nearly entirely covered up by literal sheets of stupid gold foil which had tiny spaces between them to walk. It was absolutely ridiculous. For someone who is semi disabled I couldn't walk easily around and couldn't see the point of this 'exhibition' as there wasn't even any info about why it was there or what it signified. Entry to the site was expensive and with the organ completely disassembled and also nearly the entire floor covered there was nothing to see in this church. It was disgusting. I wanted to rip the gold foil off the floor. It was totally inappropriate in a place of worship. Every carving of historical significance was covered up by someone's 'art' - you know the type of 'art' that makes you feel like a 5 year old threw a bunch of stuff at something and you had to pretend to like it. Don't even bother visiting this beautiful and amazing building until this ridiculous 'exhibition' is gone. Unless you literally want to see sheets of gold foil lining the floor. I'm dead serious. It's a total waste of money at the moment and there are far better attractions to see in Amsterdam.
  • Awesome place to visit, we got in "free" with our Iamsterdam cards, so not sure how much admission is. Amazing carvings on the floors. Beautiful stained windows and great picture opportunities.
  • If you're in Red Lights district ... a church seems like a good place to go.

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