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West Church (Westerkerk)

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Address: Prinsengracht 279-281, 1016 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 020/624-7766
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This magnificent Renaissance church (circa 1620) is identified by its...

This magnificent Renaissance church (circa 1620) is identified by its high tower (more than 245 feet high,) and is the site of Rembrandt's grave who was buried here in 1669.

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The Royal Church

The most famous church of Amsterdam, adjacent to the Anne Frank house. here is where Dutch royalty gets married. Inside is a plaque to Rembrandt who was buried here but the site... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Mick B
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I attended a cantatedienst at the church. Definitely a worthwhile trip. Also see the Homomonument next to the church.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For such an impressive church with such great history it is a little run down inside. The peeling paint was noticeable. Still for free entrance it is worth popping your head inside if the door is open.

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The most famous church of Amsterdam, adjacent to the Anne Frank house. here is where Dutch royalty gets married. Inside is a plaque to Rembrandt who was buried here but the site of his grave is unknown. he was too poor for a conspicuous place. Acoustics are not very good. If you go to a concert here, it's for the... More 

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Gurgaon, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This church with imposing, colorful and beautiful tower be seen on Prinsengracht from more than few blocks. The view from the top of tower only gets better. The exterior of the church has very fascinating details. The church has restricted access on Sundays so plan accordingly.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

This church is worth the visit and the building is a very imposing landmark. At night the building is lit and is such a great landmark of the city.

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Great visit on a clear day, free to visit but you can do a half hour guided tour of the tower. It has many many tiny steps & it gets narrow the further up you go. The guide gives a little talk on each floor. You can take the opportunity to ring the bells in the tower. The views from... More 

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

the churches here are beyond belief, the detail and history behind these building are fascinating!! def worth the trip!!

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West Linn, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

It's worth the climb up the very steep staircase! It's not for the faint of heart. Once to the top, the views are just breathtaking. Be sure to do on a clear day. This is a guided tour only (EU 7.50pp). Our guide was very friendly and gave the history of it's construction and the bell-ringing process. On Tuesdays, from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

The church sanctuary is a beautiful historic space, but sign up for a half-hour round trip guided tour of the steeple. It is a serious climb passing the retired bells and terminating at the balcony level where you will have a great view of the city. It cost 7.5 euros. The active carillon is at a higher level still and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

We heard the free Carillon concert on at 1200 yesterday (think daily but not sure). The best place to hear it was from outside on the other side of the canal. Good area to look around. Inside the church, there is not much to see anymore. The building outside is however impressive.

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