Oude kerk  

The 800-year-old Oude Kerk ("old church") is Amsterdam’s oldest building and oldest parish church, founded ca. 1213 and consecrated in 1306 by the bishop of Utrecht with Saint Nicolas as its patron saint. After the Reformation in 1578 it became a Calvinist church, which it remains today. It stands in De Wallen, now Amsterdam's main red-light district. The square surrounding the church is the Oudekerksplein.

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"Avoid At All Cost"
I really wish I had read the comments on Trip Advisor before I visited this lovely old church. I don’t know what they are trying to achieve but they...
Written by Dennis A, 1 year ago on Tripadvisor
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"Hugely Disappointed"
Unless you have the musemkart already and have done everything else in Amsterdam miss this. You can see original ceiling paint and old stained glass but...
Written by Ckitout2, 1 year ago on Tripadvisor
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"Total rip off"
We went to visit this church for the beauty of the building and although we were told there was an exhibition we were not told this involved covering most...
Written by judynews1, 1 year ago on Tripadvisor
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"Avoid"
I completely agree with 2 of the most recent reviewers, I only wish I had read them before we visited ourselves. The so called art exhibition completely...
Written by DiB143, 1 year ago on Tripadvisor
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"Big waste of money"
Don’t waste 10 euros to see black plastic bags covering everything in this beautiful building. Art exhibition??? I don’t think so! Very disappointed...
Written by Connie I, 1 year ago on Tripadvisor
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"Black plastic exhibition ruins wonderful church!"
Don't waste your money (10 euros) whilst this 'exhibition' is on - until end April. The wonderful interior has been invaded with large boxes...
Written by John A, 1 year ago on Tripadvisor
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"Great exhibition"
The building is really impressive. Exhibition was very interesting. Location of the church is unusual - near the Red Light District.
Written by Mislav B, 1 year ago on Tripadvisor
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"For a short visit"
It was nice to visit Oude Kerk. THis is the old church of Amsterdam. There was a great exhibition during our visit. For those who love old architectural...
Written by Tygr K, 1 year ago on Tripadvisor
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"Too expensive for very little"
It saddens me to give this church low marks, as I utterly adore visiting churches while traveling in Europe. First of all, the Protestant interiors of the...
Written by Amy B, 1 year ago on Tripadvisor
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"Disappointing!"
We were very much looking forward to exploring this lovely old church. On entering we encountered huge blocks covered in black plastic. After negotiating...
Written by CollieDog58, 1 year ago on Tripadvisor
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"I really like it!"
The architecture of this church is very nice. It mimics a boat! Many sculptures were destroyed after the Alteration; however, the stained glass at the...
Written by TravelerTrecker, 1 year ago on Tripadvisor
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"A Rip off - give it a miss."
While the building itself is beautiful and architecturally important. The inside is currently full of massive plastic boxes breaking up the internal...
Written by Oversixfoot, 1 year ago on Tripadvisor
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"My Amsterdam Vacay!"
Old church with a lot of history that was once Catholic and then Protestant, but now has art exhibits. I should have read that it was no longer a church...
Written by MommaAmp, 1 year ago on Tripadvisor
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"I usually love this place but the art spoiled it"
I have visited the church many times and it is always nice. I took some visitors yesterday (27th Feb) and there is a big plastic art display that ruins...
Written by SamAnneLondon, 1 year ago on Tripadvisor
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"Don't bother"
At present there is a huge art installation in the church which obscures most of the church's interesting features. There was a half hearted paper...
Written by Jillybb, 1 year ago on Tripadvisor
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"Beautiful building, taken over by art installation inside"
Visited here having read reviews about the art installation, and were open-minded (after all, enjoyment of art is a personal thing), but were unprepared...
Written by Catriona H, 1 year ago on Tripadvisor
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"Old Church"
The old church dates back to the 13th century. Yet it is slap bang in the red light district. Back in the day the sailors would arrive in Amsterdam after...
Written by PrestonGuild, 1 year ago on Tripadvisor
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"A Massive Church Worth a Visit While in the Red Light District of Amsterdam"
This massive church is very old with construction started in the 1200s. Its plain interior is due to the religious wars of the Protestants who removed...
Written by Skootamattaken, 3 years ago on Tripadvisor
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"Once you've seen it..."
The history is interesting but there's really not much to see since the artwork of the predominant religion prior was painted over or removed. Still,...
Written by JMM0612, 3 years ago on Tripadvisor
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"A church, at night surrounded by brothels"
This is Amsterdam: a church which is surrounded by brothels at night. A unique but somewhat strange combination. Don't think that you can find...
Written by Awala2000, 3 years ago on Tripadvisor
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"Go around to have a better picture"
This is an old church wich is not in use today. They are not open all the time, so watch their schedule. Historical information are available.
Written by 545medva, 3 years ago on Tripadvisor
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"Oude Kerk Tower"
Great building, fascinating interior, spectacular view, really good and interesting young guide who give a good historical overview of the city and of the...
Written by jezzaoutandabout, 3 years ago on Tripadvisor
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"Highlight of the day"
Turned out to be much more interesting and exciting for me than either of the more popular attractions: Koekenhoff, Nemo or Rejksmuseum. I really...
Written by Miss_Norris, 3 years ago on Tripadvisor
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"Interesting old church with lots of history"
This is one of the oldest buildings in Amsterdam-- 800 years old! I found it a lovely place to visit to escape some of the noise and the bustle of other...
Written by christinetv, 3 years ago on Tripadvisor
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"Note there is a fee and they are only open certain times"
The church is very pretty from the outside but we couldnt figure out when they are open to touring. They are currently doing construction and restoration...
Written by SteelCity13, 3 years ago on Tripadvisor
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"Weird location for a church"
A nice looking church but in a really bizarre place... In the middle of the red light district which is slightly warped. The inside is fairly sparse...
Written by Laura G, 3 years ago on Tripadvisor
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"Entertaining map"
The english map writer has a sense of humour. And the apple dessert from the cafe smelled heavenly - busy patio cafe that overlooks the canal so a pretty...
Written by GP P, 3 years ago on Tripadvisor
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"Historical Amsterdam"
A must if you're interested in architecture and I my opinion worth the 7.50 euros. It is a great contrast to see a large Protestant church rather than...
Written by 2012lali2008, 3 years ago on Tripadvisor
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"Lovely church"
The outside is lovely so walk around! When you enter take a cassette for explanation. The free map is very lively and funny to look at. A bit empty when i...
Written by veroniek k, 3 years ago on Tripadvisor
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"Deconsecrated church"
The oldest church in Amsterdam is now a ghost of it's former self. Only the organ and a few stained glass windows remain. The history is not well laid...
Written by kagatlin, 3 years ago on Tripadvisor
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