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  • Address: Oudekerksplein 23, Centrum
  • Hours: Open daily 11am - 5pm (open at 1pm on Sundays)
  • Admission: Adults: € 5

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Oude Kerk (Old Church)

The Oude Kerk (or Old Church) is the city's oldest surviving building, consecrated in 1306. Yet the location of this triple-nave, late-Gothic church embodies a huge moral contradiction: it's in full view of the Red Light District, with passers-by getting chatted up a stones throw from the church walls.

Still, this Gothic-style church rewards visitors with one of the finest carillons in the country, the city's oldest church bell (1450), and a stunning Christian Müller organ that’s still used for recitals. Check out the lively 15th century carvings on the choir stalls, some of which are downright rude.

The floor of the church consists entirely of gravestones, as the church itself was built on a cemetery. There are 2,500 graves in the Oude Kerk, under which are buried 10,000 Amsterdam citizens, including Rembrandt's first wife, Saskia van Uylenburgh. Rembrandt himself visited the Oude Kerk often, and his children were all christened here. Be sure to climb up the church tower for panoramic views of Amsterdam.

Practical Info

The Oude Kerk is located at Oudezijds Voorburgwal, easily accessible via tram to Nieuwmarkt. Nearby attractions include Museum Amstelkring and the infamous Red Light District. A Dutch Reformed service is held at 11am Sunday (doors close at 11am sharp).

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