The Oude Kerk, which translates into English as the "Old Church", is one of Amsterdam's most historic places of worship, with a history dating back to the 14th Century.
Over the years, the Church has seen its shape change dramatically as its congregation grew. Starting out at just 40 meters long when it was constructed in 1306, it now encompasses more than 3,300 square meters of floor space and has the largest medieval wooden ceiling in Europe. It has seen some dramatic building work, including a 24 year restoration project in the 19th Century when it was feared the building may collapse due to decay of its internal structure.
With such developments taking place over hundreds of years, the Oude Kerk has plenty of unique features. A collection of small houses have been built which lean on the exterior church walls, and the main floor was constructed using over 2,500 gravestones – including the memorial of the artist Rembrandt's wife.
Situated in the heart of Amsterdam's red light district, you can also anticipate experiencing a slight sense of juxtaposition, as a number of prostitute's windows surround the church on all sides. Directly in front of one of the entrances also stands the famous bronze Belle statue, which depicts a topless sex worker.
It is worth noting that the Church is available for hire, and so sometimes access may be limited.
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