oude kerk in short
the oude kerk in a nutshell
The Oude Kerk’s roots go all the way back to the Middle Ages. An icon of the Iconoclastic Fury, it occupies a unique place in the cultural landscape of the Netherlands.
- The Oude Kerk is Amsterdam’s oldest building. It was dedicated to the patron saint of the people of Amsterdam, Saint Nicholas, in 1306. Built originally as a small wooden chapel, the city’s pars pro toto grew into the imposing Gothic hall church of today.
- The Oude Kerk was the site of the Iconoclastic Fury. On 23 August 1566, an angry crowd forced its way into the church and destroyed statues, stained glass windows and altarpieces. From 1578, the Oude Kerk was no longer Roman Catholic. Traces of this important moment in Dutch history are still visible today.
- The Oude Kerk is the final resting place of more than 20,000 of Amsterdam’s citizens, including artist Rembrandt van Rijn’s wife Saskia van Uylenburgh, who was buried here on 15 June 1638; Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck found a final resting place next to the sanctuary after a musical life as the Roman Catholic organist of the Protestant Oude Kerk. The building includes numerous resting places of famous and forgotten seventeenth-century Amsterdam citizens.
- The Oude Kerk commissioned artisans, organ builders, stonemasons, artists, organists and painters whose pieces together form its permanent collection. With their work the artists immortalized the people of Amsterdam, their music and the church interior. This is today’s heritage. The church continues this tradition by its commissions to contemporary artists.
1012 gx amsterdam
Tel: +31 20 – 625 82 84
Oude Kerk is situated an 8 minute walk from the Central Station. The area is hard to reach by car, which is why we recommend using public transport.
The Oude Kerk is reasonably accessible for people in wheelchairs or with crutches.
For more information please visit Toegankelijk Amsterdam.
Monday til Saturday 10:00 – 18:00
(ticket desk closes at 17:45h)
Sunday 13h00 – 17h30
(ticket desk closes at 17h15)
31 December open until 16.00,
closed on 25 December & 27 April.
Debit and credit cards only, no cash
|ticket + donation||€ 14|
|group >15||€ 10|
Do you want to know more about the Oude Kerk, the oldest building in Amsterdam, and its collection of contemporary art? The Oude Kerk offers different tours for adults. Depending on your interests the emphasis can be on the history, the architecture, the current exhibitions at the Oude Kerk, or, in Oude Kerk tradition, a combination of all of these.
Our enthusiastic team of museum teachers will be happy to tell you, your friends, class or family about art, history, architecture and music and how they are connected.
You can book a good conversation in the Oude Kerk here.