The Oude Kerk is a church in Amsterdam, it is known as the ‘old church’ due to it being the oldest church in the city and also the oldest known building; it is thought to be around 800 years old. The first church was built on the site in 1213, it is thought that it was a wooden chapel that lasted almost 100 years before it was replaced by a stone church in 1306. Over the next few centuries that followed the church was renovated many times by many different people with power and the church has become an imposing Gothic ecclesiastical building. The church is thought to have the largest medieval wooden vaulted roof in Europe and it is thought to provide fantastic acoustics. The church is the burial site of 20000 including some famous Amsterdam residents of the past.
The church is situated in the Red Light District of Amsterdam. The church is walkable from Amsterdam’s ‘Central Station’, walking to the sight will take around 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can get the tram towards the church, getting off at ‘Dam Square’ the church is only a short walk away.
Opening Times and Admission
The church is open to visitors seven days a week, Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm and Sundays 1pm-5pm. You can have a look around the church at a cost, entrance is set at 10 euros for adults with under 21s entering for 5 euros. Audio guides are available at the desk close to the entrance, these give you information on architecture and the church and its history.