The Oudekerk is a historic old church in Amsterdam open to visitors and located in the middle of the red light district.
Oudekerk is the oldest parish church in the city and was originally built in the 1300s on top of a cemetery. It was expanded over the years to its present form which dates from the 18th century.
Inside the church you will notice the floor made up entirely of gravestones. The highlights of the Oudekerk include some fine stained glass windows and the baroque Great Organ from 1724.
The church has excellent acoustics and holds regular concerts. It is also used as an exhibition space featuring contemporary art exhibitions. There is a coffee café and bookshop.
The Oudekerk tower can be climbed by guided tour only from a separate outside entrance on the western side.
As the city expanded it needed to build a new church Nieuwe Kerk which is on Dam Square and also holds exhibitions.
The carillons are played every Tuesday and Saturday at 1600, which can be best heard from the bridge outside.
Oudekerk Essential Info
Opening Times: Daily 1000-1800 (Mon-Sat), 1300-1730 (Sun).
Admission Prices (2016): Standard adult admission is €8.50, students €6. FREE entry to children 0-12 / Iamsterdam City Card / Museumkaart holders. Special exhibitions can attract a supplement. Note that cash is not accepted, only certain debit and credit cards are - this could be an issue to some international visitors.
Getting There: The Oudekerk is located in De Wallen (red-light district) a short walk from either Damrak or Nieuwmarkt.
Oudekerksplein 23, Amsterdam
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