Many tourists become quite surprised, when they learn that Oude Kerk is situated right in the centre of Red Light District. Surrounded by prostitutes, who offer their services in red-lighted windows, Oude Kerk has somehow managed to save its medieval look. The road near the church is cobbled, and it's quite simple to slip on it when it's raining. The decoration of the church was removed during the Reformation period. There is a legend of the 13th century connected with the church. Once upon a time there lived a man. One day he became very ill and he was very close to death. Since that moment a wafer, which had been given to him during the Eucharist, started appearing in his house. The man even tried to burn it, but it didn’t help. After the death of the man the wafer was kept in one of the chapels. Sometime later the chapel was completely burnt down, but the mysterious wafer survived in that fire again. Since then, many people have made pilgrimage to Oude Kerk in the memory of that miracle. On the 15th of March a special annual ceremonial procession is organized here. The procession traditionally ends near Oude Kerk.
Red Light District.
There’s simply no sense in visiting Amsterdam without making a walk in notorious Red Light District. Its special atmosphere reigns there not only at night, but also in the daytime. In Red Light District sex for money is openly offered to absolutely everyone. In huge see-through windows decorated with red lights one will see women of all ages and nationalities. However, visitors should not forget about pickpockets, especially on weekends, when Red Light District is crowded with tourists.
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