Discover the collection of the oldest building in the city with more than 700 years of history. The collection of the Oude Kerk includes some 2,600 objects and about 100 paintings and prints. The largest object in the collection is the church building itself. The monument will awaken the archaeologist in you: open the doors to the various side rooms and use the audio tour to learn more about the Oude Kerk’s rich history and collection. We wish you an inspiring exploration!
old + new
At the Oude Kerk the past and the present go hand in hand. Look up, at the medieval paintings on the church’s wooden vaults; look down, at the floor covered with gravestones. The grave of Rembrandt’s wife Saskia van Uylenburgh is located here, under the small choir organ on the side. The work of contemporary artists relating to the building and its history can be found in various places in the church. Visit the Holy Sepulchre with its red stained glass window (2018) by Giorgio Andreotta Calò. Admire the picturesque light falling on the photographic work #0095 [Inside] (2017) by Misha de Ridder and visit the baptistry for the Jan Pieterszoon Coen sculpture (2017) by Iswanto Hartono that connects Indonesia’s colonial past with the history of the Oude Kerk.
The latter part of this summer will also be dedicated to the care of the building. Visitors can see various elements at the Oude Kerk being restored and preserved. In the east façade of the Lady Chapel, scaffolding has been erected to repair damage to the walls and stained glass windows. To read more about the history of the windows and the restoration process, please click here. In the Mirror Room, the floral wall coverings are currently being repaired. Loose bits of linen and cracks around the doors are being repaired and reinforced. Once the cracks have been repaired, the damages will be filled and repainted. Next, the wall coverings will be thoroughly dusted and cleaned in their entirety, allowing the original colours to show through again. For more information, please click here. A large part of this restoration process is taking place in the Mirror Room itself, why not have a look?
Photo: © Bibi Veth