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A little effort required for an amazing panoramaAmsterdam
De Oude Kerk
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Graves and celebritiesThe "old church" was originally dedicated to the worship of Saint Nicholas, patron saint of fishermen. So, it's not surprising that the roof, with the largest wooden barrel vaults in Europe, looks like the hull of a ship. Over 10,000 Amsterdamers are buried in the building (now Protestant) under some 2,500 tombstones, some of which have beautiful inscriptions. It's impossible to visit the church without walking over them! Among the deceased are celebrities from the Golden Age like the navigator Jacob van Heemskerck, explorer of the Arctic Ocean (who only has an epitaph) and Saskia van Uylenburch, Rembrandt's first wife and the one who inspired his most beautiful portraits.
164 stepsAlthough the great organs, wood benches in the choir and stained glass windows are of interest, Oude Kerk’s main attraction is, hands down, its Gothic-Renaissance bell tower. It used to be the highest point in the city and was used as a landmark by sailors entering the port. If you're brave enough to climb the 164 steps, you'll be rewarded with a breath-taking panorama. The narrow streets of the red district won't have any more secrets for you! Open all year Monday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 1:00 am to 5:00 pm. The bell tower is only accessible April to September on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (every half hour). Children 12 and older.
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