Oude Kerk

The Oldest Building in Amsterdam & epicentre of the Redlight District

The oldest building in amsterdam

The Oude Kerk in Amsterdam’s Red Light District is the city’s oldest building and one of the city’s youngest art institutions. In the seven or so centuries since it was founded, the church has evolved into one of the most imposing Gothic ecclesiastical buildings in northern Europe.

More than 20,000 residents of Amsterdam have been buried here over the centuries, including Saskia van Uylenburg – Rembrandt’s first wife – the composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and naval hero Jacob van Heemskerck. In the church’s period rooms you can find masterpieces that include paintings by Emmanuel de Witte, Cornelis Springer and Johannes Bosboom. Many people regard the Oude Kerk as the most beautiful and most authentic building in Amsterdam. After a comprehensive restoration between 1955 and 2013, the Oude Kerk now profiles itself as an historical monument with contemporary art, which involves inviting a diversity of internationally renowned artists to create new work for this centuries-old monument.

Read about what you can currently do and see in the Oude Kerk here.

Visit the koffieschenkerij café and lunchroom in the church’s former sacristy, for coffee and cake or for a savoury lunch. From the terrace in the cloister garden there’s a unique view of the Oudezijds Voorburgwal.

The Ouke Kerk Congregation (Oude Kerk Gemeente or OKG) holds three services per week in the church. You can find further information about the times of services here (in Dutch only).

entrance €10
cjp €7,5
student €7,5
holland pass €7,5
groups from 20 persons €7,5
museumkaart free
children under 13 years free
vriendenpas free
icom card free
iamsterdam city card free
stadspas free


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Oudekerksplein 23
Amsterdam 1012 GX NH NL
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Monday til Saturday 10:00 – 18:00 (ticket desk closes at 17:45h) Sunday 13h00 – 17h30 (ticket desk closes at 17h15)