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Oude Kerk, Delft

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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Standing for nearly eight centuries, Oude Kerk represents the oldest building in Delft, whose leaning tower is one of the city's major symbols. Located in the old city center, the Gothic church nicknamed "Old John" sits on the site of a much older wooden structure, likely founded around 1050. Approximately 400 of Delft's famous citizens lie entombed inside, including painter Johannes Vermeer and physicist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. Other notable features include three pipe organs and a 16th-century bell that produces such powerful vibrations that bell-ringers only sound it for burials of Dutch royal family members and natural disasters. See Oude Kerk and all Delft has to offer by arranging your trip with our Delft tourist route planner.
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  • Do not enter the Oude Kerk, but on the outside, she's very beautiful, boasting a maravillhoso clock in its belfry.
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  • The tomb of Vermeer is here which was moving for me... but there is so much more The stained glass is exceptional. 
  • The other big church of Delft (next to the 'Nieuwe Kerk', new church). Its tower is very crooked, leaning as if it could fall and break off any moment now. Well, it hasn't and it is old (hence the nam...  read more »
  • This is a MUST if you came to Delft... you will see it from every point in town.... its lining tower is beautiful..... inside is also well preserved.. I suggest you to buy the ticket to enter to both churches (this one and the new church) a combi ticket
  • The oude kerk is famous because of its tower. The tower has a significant angle and is tumbling even more than the tower of Pisa. In the past people of Delft were bullied because of the leaning tower. The inside of the church is beautiful and very typical to a Dutch Gothic church. There are various (remembrance) tombs of well-known Dutch historic figures. Admirals Piet Hein and Maarten Tromp, the inventor of the microscope Anthony van Leeuwenhoek and painter Johannes Vermeer rest in the Oude Kerk. This church is one of the many historic Hotspots in Delft to visit.
  • Probably one of my favorite churches in Europe actually. When the weather is nice it's a very beautiful walk down the canal towards this church primarily because of its 18 (or so) degree tilt. However the church's architecture, while not elaborate, is very distinct and memorable to me. The inside is not as exciting as many other churches but it is very large and, for me, gives a more authentic feel for how people actually attended church in times past (and current in fact).
  • Loved those tourist information cubes outside major attractions. It's part of the Leiden Loop by Leiden TI, which has a website with more info and audio guide.
  • The old church, also know as the falling tower.
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