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Address: Prinsengracht 279-281, 1016 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 020/624-7766
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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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We climbed the Westerkerk after visiting the Anne Frank House. I was pregnant at the time and no one mentioned any concerns regarding it so I was in for a large surprise when I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We climbed the Westerkerk after visiting the Anne Frank House. I was pregnant at the time and no one mentioned any concerns regarding it so I was in for a large surprise when I saw the many steep dutch stairs that led to the top. We made it just fine with several well timed stops for a rest and a... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

The Westerkerk or Western Church has the tallest tower in the city at 85metres,and the largest nave of any Protestant church in the Netherlands.The stunning views of Amsterdam certainly justify the climb to the top of the tower.The inside of the church is rather austere,apart from the ornate organ.A plaque on the aisle reminds us that Rembrandt was buried here,although... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Although the church is very beautiful and definitely worth visiting, we had a terrible experience trying to use the toilets. The toilet attendant apparently was not able to see clearly and started accusing us that we hadn’t paid 50cents to get in, when we had! And although my mother was already through the turnstile, the attendant forced her to come... More 

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Oxted, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Westerkerk church and tower are situated just around the corner from Ann Franks House. The church is very simple but the tower is well worth a visit. It opens at 10am costs EU7.50 per person and only 6 people are allowed up it with the guide every half hour at any one time. The steps are very steep and narrow... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

A lovely building in the heart of Amsterdam. Not the most architecturally pleading of buildings but do go inside and do climb the tower.

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Marlboro, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

All of the large churches in Amsterdam impress with their spaces (as you would expect any big church to do). But there is little in the interior that is exceptional, decoration is sparse, a bit of nicely-executed stained glass, an impressive organ. Access to the church is free (unlike Oude or Neuwe), so a quick look is quite reasonable. Most... More 

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Boxford, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The church houses the remains of Rembrandt and a small statue of Anne Frank. The church is rather plain within and there was construction. There are tours of the tower every 30 minutes. You need to go with a guide. We arrived around 12:30 p.m. and couldn't get on a tour until 6:00 p.m. so make sure you sign up... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

My husband has been wanting to get to this church for years. It was always closed for renovations or we got there just as they closed for the day. At last we timed our visit right to see Rembrandt's grave. Turns out he is not buried here. He was only buried there for a short period of time then his... More 

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Glasgow
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

quite a lot of money for entrance to a church that has other uses (art exhibition etc) wouldn't say the entrance fee & what you saw was worth it. would not visit again (inside) outside is just as nice. not a lot to see inside

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Architect buffs, historians of the Reformation and lovers of light and airy space, will enjoy this beautiful building. I visited after spending some time in the Anne Frank House that is literally next door. It was as though coming inside the Westerkerk helped me let go some of the sadness of Anne's story. Westerkerk was built as a Protestant Church... More 

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