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West Church (Westerkerk)

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

What a lovely church this is. Rembrandt is buried as well as his son. Queen Beatrix got married in this church in the 1960 s..spend at least 30mins inside exploring. Great spot.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

What a lovely church this is. Rembrandt is buried as well as his son. Queen Beatrix got married in this church in the 1960 s..spend at least 30mins inside exploring. Great spot.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This is a huge church inside with a lovely tower from the outside. We would have loved to climb the tower, hear the history and see the views - but it seems to be closed all winter... ? Do check. Rather plain inside but the space is special. Turn backwards to see the organ over the door and the front... More 

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The Westerkerk (Western Church) really is one of the most prominent and striking landmarks on the Amsterdam skyline. The church is where Rembrandt was buried and is close to the (other) major attraction of Anne Frank's House. Unfortunately, the church is currently under restoration, so some parts of it are off limits. However, what is accessible is truly magnificent; containing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Largest protestant church in Amsterdam.Couldn't go up the tower as it was a Sunday.Interesting interior detailing.Recommended for visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 via mobile

The church is currently under restoration, so some parts are off limits. Also, the Tower was closed this morning because it was below freezing, so the aerial views were not available... Check weather and opening times. Particularly in winter.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Nice little church at Amsterdam. The church is free, it cost 6 Euro to have a guided tour to the bell tower. It is worth the climb to learn about the history of the tower. The tower is not very high and there are many resting place going up. However, you need to be fit to go up the very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014 via mobile

We had heard a lit about the wonderful view from the tower, but we were especially surprised at the interesting details inside this lovely old church. The organs were particularly impressive as was the information about Rembrandt's connection. Part of the beauty is in the relative simplicity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The church itself is a bit plain. However we booked the tower tour and it was well worth it. It's the tallest church tower in Amsterdam and has great views over the city. Our tour guide was very informative and we were lucky enough to choose a tour where the bell organ player was in residence and he allowed us... More 

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The price of the tour was 7.50 euros and the tour lasted around 45 minutes. You can buy the tickets from inside the church and can only buy them on the day. My boyfriend and I booked a few hours in advance. The tour is done in groups of six. The tour is in English. The tour guide was informative... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Westerkerk Church is recognised from then outside by the Westertoren (tower) which is the highest church tower in Amsterdam. Tickets can be purchased inside the church to climb the tower (€7.50 in 2014). The church itself was not that impressive. Its main claim to fame was being the burial place of Rembrandt Van Rijn, although his exact burial position was... More 

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