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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 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 had the privilege of staying in Joordan, where this church was visible from our flat. It chimes all day long, every 15 minutes with an interesting and varied medley of bells... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Edmonds, Washington

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Burgas, Bulgaria
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

the area is a tourist death trap surrounded by small stalls that are more expensive than anywhere in the city

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Edmonds, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the privilege of staying in Joordan, where this church was visible from our flat. It chimes all day long, every 15 minutes with an interesting and varied medley of bells. The cool thing is that you can use it as a landmark to find your way around. The locals are trying to preserve this building, and I hope... More 

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Palmyra, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A place of reverence for all, this church is an integral part of the history of Amsterdam, and on a par with the cathedrals of France. While the Westertoren (the attached tower) is by paid admission, April-Oct, except Sundays and special holidays, access to the church is free. Not to be missed any time of year!

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Cordoba, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took the guided tour to the tower and it was amazing, our guide Karen was so sympathetic and she knew a lot about the history of Amsterdam and the church. It's quite expensive but worth it, you can see almost the whole city from there.

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My second visit to the Westerkerk and just as enjoyable as the first made 18 months ago. The church (protestant) is interesting in its own right, but I was reminded by the "resident artist" that it is the resting place of Rembrandt (Yes, the Rembrandt). It is worth spending time talking with Ron Licher, the artist who paints and sells... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The church close to the canals and the Anne Frank house is a nice landmark to visit. Always nice around.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A big and beautiful church. Located near Jordan and very close to the famous Anne Frank Museum. The canal view surrounding the church is definitely worth to explore.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

This place is Defo worth a visit. I really enjoyed going in here and walking around. Very near the red light district so be careful if you have a young family with you. Worth a look though.

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Shepherd, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

This church was built in the 1600s and has the tallest tower of any in Amsterdam. The sanctuary was closed for a special function. We were there primarily to climb the tower anyway. We had to stow anything carried (except for our mal-functioning camera) in order to climb to the top. There were approximately 180 stairs to climb and the... More 

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Hilversum, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

In his church regular services are held including cantate services with special choir performances. It is an old church which is also described in the famous book of Anne Frank. Freely accessible to have a look outside services.

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