Originally a small wooden church on a bank of the Amstel River in the 1300's, it grew to be the stately Gothic
structure it is today during the 14th century. Over the centuries it was
a place for traders to meet and a refuge for the poor. A wonderful pipe
organ was built in 1724, but little else has changed. Walking around on
the gravestones of the rich and famous and royals from centuries past is
an eerie feeling, especially when you recognize someone you've heard of!
Note:A splendid example of Gothic architecture, the Oude Kerk, in the center of Amsterdam's Red Light District is worth a visit.
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