Old Church

  Cultural Attractions

In the city of contrasting values and a culture of tolerance, the 13thcentury Oude Kerk or Old Church stands in the heart of the Red Light District. The oldest church in Amsterdam, the oak ceiling has paintings of patron saint St Nicholas, Virgin Mary, ships, biblical scenes and coats of arms of St George from the 15th– 16thcentury. A notable feature is the 15thcentury misericords on the pews in the choir, which have various miscellaneous wooden carvings. It has 4 pipe organs, including an 18thcentury Baroque grand organ by Christian Vater. There are approximately 10,000 people buried here, marked by tombstones. The 67 metre high tower has 4 bells (Faith, Hope, Love, and Freedom), and is open from April to September for guided tours every half hour.

Audio-guides are available on the history and architecture of the church. Expert guided tours of the premises are also available.

Old Church and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile

Rijksmuseum(1.8 km)
The Rijksmuseum or National Museum is the largest and most prestigious museum for art and history in the Netherlands, displaying works by Dutch masters such as Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Steen.

Amsterdam City Archives

Amsterdam City Archives(1.2 km)
Housed in the monumental Brick Expressionism style De Bazel, the Amsterdam City Archives preserves official documents, letters, photos, drawings, maps, prints and audio-visual records tracing the history of the city.


Noorderkerk(1 km)
The 17th-century Noorderkerk in the Jordaan neighborhood was one of the first Protestant churches built after the Reformation in Amsterdam.

Basilica of St. Nicholas

Basilica of St. Nicholas(0.3 km)
The Basilica of Saint Nicholas is a 19th century Catholic church near the Centraal Station in the oldest part of Amsterdam.


Micropia(1.3 km)
Micropia zooms into the world of micro-organisms, throwing light on the various types of microbes in the world around us and within us.

Anne Frank House

Anne Frank House(1 km)
The famous Anne Frank House is where the Jewish girl Anne Frank wrote her moving diary while hiding with her family from the Nazis.

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum(2.1 km)
The Van Gogh Museum is dedicated to the works of acclaimed 19th century Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, displaying over 200 paintings, 400 drawings, and 700 letters by him.

Antiekcentrum Amsterdam

Antiekcentrum Amsterdam(1.5 km)
The Antiekcentrum Amsterdam, also known as De Looier, is the largest indoor antiques market in Netherlands, selling vintage paintings, ceramics, porcelain, jewelry, furniture, silverware, watches, toys and bric-a-brac.

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