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West Church (Westerkerk)

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Address: Prinsengracht 279-281, 1016 GW Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 020/624-7766
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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Nice church

Very nice church and place to visit quickly during the day or at night is nice too. Interesting architecture. Walk around the church. Close to Kaiser canal.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
MicheldeTournai
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Tournai, Belgium
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Tournai, Belgium
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nice church and place to visit quickly during the day or at night is nice too. Interesting architecture. Walk around the church. Close to Kaiser canal.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I am fascinated by cupola, towers or obelisks that my quest for "kind-of-aerial" images is satiated. For me, it's an opportunity to appreciate the cityscape from the top and see the entire expanse of the metropolis as far as the eyes can see. The tour was in small groups of 6, every half hour, at a very minimal cost. Our... More 

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scotland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stunning architecture from the outside and a a very picturesque building for all to see and admire . Looks a lot smaller from the inside and does not hold the same breathtaking interior as exterior . Great history around it .

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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The guide who climbed the tower with us was so informative about the history of the church and the city. A really worthwhile experience. The views are lovely.

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Thank Victoria W
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Located near the Dam Square and the Anne Frank House. For a small fee it's possible to climb the tower, but this is not for everyone. The steps are very small, and steep at times, it's doable, but it can be heavy. The view on top is amazing, and pays off the climb!

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A free to enter large church, not many of these around today! You need to pay to go up the tower and you should pay and go up but beware they allow limited numbers in each allocated time slot so they fill up quickly so you may need to book and then return later in the day to actually ascend.... More 

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Burbank, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed this beautiful baroque church on way to Ann Frank house. Beautiful clock tower adorned with city emblems and lovely bells and chimes that go off on the hour, etc Impressive pipe organ too

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The climb to the top of the tower is a great way to see the whole city and the best bargain for 7.50 Euro! Make a reservation - only six people at a time get to climb. The stairs are steep but there are stops along the way so if you are in reasonable shape you will be fine. Wear... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We tried to get to the Anne Frank museum but the lines were "crazy" Thank God we saw it last time, extremely important The church itself, well I have seen more jaw-dropping churches in other cities, so it's not amazing but if your there give it a visit They take money to up t o the top so we passed

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Basildon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Got there early so were talking to the staff that worked there while we were waiting. Opened at 10, only 6 people were allowed up at one time. Bags were not allowed so were kept locked up. Stairs led up to the first level guide told us the history about the tower, and about the bells. carried up till you... More 

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