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Oude Kerk

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Oude Kerk.

Oude Kerk features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day Amsterdam City Guide5-day Amsterdam City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Amsterdam's oldest monument
  • Largest vaulted ceiling in Western Europe

Time required: 30 minutes

Phone: +31 20 625 82 84

Web site: http://www.oudekerk.nl/

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Mon - Sat: 11am - 5pm
Sunday: 1pm - 5pm
Jan 1, Apr 30 and Dec 25: Closed

Admission:

Ticket type Charge
General: 5 €
Student: 4 €
Under 12: Free

Public transport:

  • Tram Line 4: Dam stop
  • Tram Line 9: Dam stop
  • Tram Line 16: Dam stop

Address: Oudekerksplein, 1012 GX Amsterdam

Things you need to know:

  • Oude Kerk (Old Church) is a Protestant church and Amsterdam's oldest monument
  • Originally it was built as a small stone parish church consecrated in 1306
  • The building went through a number of reconstructions since, and evolved into a mighty Late-Gothic basilica by 1566
  • During Reformation (1566) the Catholic ornamentation and treasures were discarded and a stark interior remained
  • The building features a grandiose 18th c. organ called Vater-Müller organ named after its creator and renovator, Christian Vater and Johann Caspar Müller
  • The massive wooden vaulted ceiling is touted as Western Europe's largest; its beautiful 15th c. paintings were revealed only during restoration work in 1955
  • The building stands in the Red Light District; the 2007 statue in front of the church shows a hooker standing in a doorway calling for "respect for sex workers all over the world"

What to do there:

  • Walk around and take a look at the painted wooden ceiling and the impressive organ
  • Visit the Maria Kapel and marvel at its stained glass
  • Find vault 28K with the inscription Saskia Juni 1642 where Rembrandt's wife lies
  • Take a look at the fascinating Vater-Müller organ and note its magnificent oak-encased pipe work, marbled wood statues and gilded carving
  • Participate in the guided tower tour

Tips & Insights:

  • You can climb the church tower on a half-hourly guided tour (in English) for a great view of Old Amsterdam

 

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