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West Church (Westerkerk)

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Address: Prinsengracht 279-281, 1016 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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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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Reformation Era church

The west church is near the Anne Frank house which can have very long lines so do not be discouraged if you are looking for the church. a very interesting building form the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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Mississauga, Ontario

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

its a beautiful church that you can visit for free which is always nice, very close to the house of ann frank so a good place to reflect should be feeling emotional. some restorations going on so we left a donation to help with these costs. I don't take photographs within the walls of religious sights normally as I find... More 

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West Sussex
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The church is a fantastic example of a Dutch church - elegant and simple. The place is undergoing restoration and inside the walls are clearly in need of work - but the atmosphere was beauitiful and the organ was playing, making htis a memorable visit.

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Budapest
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The church can be visited for free. It's a nice example of Dutch Renaissance, worth a visit. The tower can be visited in small groups, you have to pay and make a reservation (at least in the summer). The view is nice but I expected that we go higher and see more. Also, the guide speaks too much and in... More 

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Mississauga, Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The west church is near the Anne Frank house which can have very long lines so do not be discouraged if you are looking for the church. a very interesting building form the Reformation and one that can be compared to other similar era church such as the New Church

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Dois Irmaos, RS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

In Amsterdaam we saw a small number of churches and this was one of them. It is an good place do visit in a quicky way!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This came on our stroll towards Anne Frank House after we got down from the Tram nearby, the name of the tram stop is also Westerkerk, a very old church and quite big as well. The place was deserted around early morning when we visited

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shrewsbury
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

A well run informative tour of the church, the guide was friendly and knowledgable. The climb up is good fun and well worth the effort to see the views, we just wished an extra 5mins was allowed at the top.

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Incline Village, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Our hotel overlooked this beautiful church and surrounding square. Seemed like a nice place to wait in line to visit the Anne Frank House. Loved all the trees!

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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

A beautiful church in the heart of the city. We took the tower tour. It's quite a climb but worth the effort if you're not afraid of heights or climbing steep ladders. The view from the top is amazing, or so I'm reliably informed from the rest of the group as this scaredy cat stayed inside.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

a beautifull Church ,specially the impressing dome. You can see it from a far distance comming up whith the Canal boats. Its a sight you just have to see for yourself

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