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Timings : Monday to Saturday - 10 AM to 6 PM . Sundays - 1 PM to 5:30 PM

Time Required : 1 hour

Entry Fee : Tickets Start from EUR 7

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Oude Kerk, Amsterdam Overview

Amsterdam’s oldest surviving structure is the Oude Kerk, an old parish church built around 1213 and consecrated in 1306. Located in the Red Light District of Amsterdam, this magnificent church has an intriguing history attached to it, with its conversion from a Roman Catholic Church to a Calvinist Church. At present, it is functioning as a centre for contemporary art and heritage.

The location of the Oude Kerk comes across as a surprise to the tourists because of its locale. This religious building is in the midst of Amsterdam’s De Wallen district, which is the Red Light District of the city and with a neighbourhood bordered by red lights and women.

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Tickets for Oude Kerk

The ticket prices for Oude Kerk are - 

  • General Entry - EUR 12

  • Group Ticket - EUR 10 per person (minimum 15 people required in the group)

  • Students - EUR 7


Holders of the Amsterdam City Card, Museum Card and City Pass get FREE entry. 

Tickets can be bought at the church entrance or booked online here - tickets.oudekerk.nl/nl

Tips While Visiting Oude Kerk

  • If you plan on visiting this church, make sure to carry your credit/debit cards as admission is only accepted through cards.

Stille Omgang or the Miracle of Amsterdam

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The Stille Omgang or the “Miracle of Amsterdam” is an event which occurred sometime around 1345 continues to attract tourists all over the world. It is a Catholic procession which takes place in the middle of March every year and is attended by a massive crowds of Catholics.

History of Oude Kerk

History of Oude Kerk
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Prior to the church, a wooden chapel stood in its foundation for over 800 years on the banks of the river, Amstel. It was later consecrated in 1306 and named De Oude Kerk in the 15th Century. This church was originally a Roman Catholic place of worship studded with beautiful decorations and paintings which were later stripped in the late 16th Century by the Protestants. With the Calvinism gaining momentum in the Netherlands, this place was transformed into a Calvinist church, as it continues to remain today.

Architecture of Oude Kerk

Architecture of Oude Kerk
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Oude Kerk’s stunning interior was stripped of its magnificence after it was plundered by the Calvinist, who destroyed most of the art and images with any hint of Catholicism. The interiors then retained a sober look after the Protestant Reformation. However, the arched ceiling with a few 15th-century paintings still intact, the stained glass windows of the church and a 17th-century four-pipe organ form the attractions of this place. Famed painter, Rembrandt and his family were frequent visitors of this church and a shrine dedicated to his wife, Saskia van Uylenburgh stands within the walls of the church.

How To Reach Oude Kerk

By Tram: Take a Tram on Dam lines 4, 9, 16, 24 and 25.

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