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Oude Kerk – Amsterdam’s Old Church

The Oude Kerk is a historic old church in Amsterdam open to visitors and located in the middle of the red light district.

Oude Kerk 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.

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Inside the church you will notice the floor made up entirely of gravestones. The highlights of the Oude Kerk 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.

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The Oude Kerk 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.

Also of interest: Nieuwe Kerk

Note, the Oude Kerk was closed between 13 March and 31 May 2020 due to coronavirus measures. Since reopening on 1 June it is mandatory to pre-book a ticket and timeslot in order to maintain social distancing.

Oude Kerk Essential Info

Opening Times Daily 1000-1600 (Mon-Sat), 1300-1600 (Sun).
Admission Prices (2020) €15.00 for adults, €7.00 for students. FREE entry to children 0-12, Museumkaart and  Iamsterdam City Card holders. Special exhibitions can attract a supplement.
Getting There The Oudekerk is located in De Wallen (red-light district) a short walk from either Dam Square or Nieuwmarkt. Trams 2/4/11/12/13/14/17/24 all stop at Dam Square, take metro 51/53/54 to Nieuwmarkt or metro 52 to Rokin.

Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein 23, 1012 GX Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 625 8284,

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