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“Another wonderful Dutch church, with an impressive organ”

West Church (Westerkerk)
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed June 21, 2013

Recently I have visited a lot of Dutch churches (like St. Bavo in Harlem and the St. John in Den Bosch), today I took some time to visit the West Church in the Jordaan area. Fortunately the church organ was played soon after I entered, impressive sound! It's nog a very big church but simply wonderful Renaissance style.

Thank Neuteboom
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

A lovely church at the side of the canal and in close proximity to Ann Frank house and homomonument. With a statue of Ann Frank outside the church. This was also the church used in the wedding of Princess Beatrix (later to become queen) and the then aristocrat Claus von Amsberg.

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Reviewed June 1, 2013

Just looked inside the church as we didn't have time for the tower tour, next time! The church itself is impressive, the largest Protestant church in the city and you can tell, next door to the Anne Frank house so impossible to miss. Worth a look inside.

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Reviewed May 27, 2013

Compared to the great cathedrals of Europe, this little church isn't much. But it does provide some of the best views of the Amsterdam canals from the top. It's worth it just for the photo ops, but in addition, the tour guide is very animated and interesting. I've been in Mexico City where you can climb the bell tower of the cathedral, but the zombie-like guide drones on and on about the dimensions of the bell. Not so here -the guide keeps you interested with the history and daily life of 17th century Amsterdam, putting the church in context of the time and place surrounding its construction. And as this is Amsterdam, naturally it's all in perfect English.

Note that it's open only certain hours, and and once a 30 minute tour slot fills up, you have to wait. We went in April during a weekday, and got a spot an hour or so from the time we walked in. On a summer weekend, we may not have been so lucky. Also be prepared for steep and narrow circular staircases.

Thank gregsf11
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

Great stop made before returning to Anne Frank when queue had dwindled. Good views from on top and very smiley happy guides, climb is broken in stages so not that demanding, although anyone who has problems fitting comfortably in an airline seat should probably avoid it as there are narrow spaces.

Thank Priya S
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