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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 August 29, 2013

but it's quite small. We wanted to go up the roof, but the waiting line was 2 hours, so we were disappointed. We mostly came here for that, but we couldn't wait. Inside you can find some beautiful details, so it's worth the trip here. Apparently, here is the place where Rembrandt was buried. They don't know his tomb, as he was too poor when he died so he didn't have a decent tomb (that was the habit of those days). You will find out more there and, if you are lucky, you can see Amsterdam from up above... Also, beautiful canal in front of the church.

Thank Alexa S
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

After visiting the Anne Frank House, my wife and I visited the Westerkerk. This church is stately outside and gorgeous inside. What is important to note is that this church is in fact a church which has regular services on Sunday. The pipe organs are gorgeous and the wood throughout the church well maintained. There is a small shop in the front corner of the church which sells books relating to the church and Amsterdam. I was even able to purchase a lovely Christmas ornament; something I seek out wherever in the world we travel.

During our visit, we were invited to stay for the free concert that would be starting in the early afternoon. We stayed for the concert which was such a delightful and unexpected surprise. The concert feature an organist who played both the smaller and larger pipe organs. The concert also featured a flutist who played pieces on her standard concert flute, alto flute and bass flute. It was such a joy to listen to this music in such beautiful surroundings with amazing acoustics.

If you plan to visit Westerkerk, be sure to check ahead so that you can plan to attend a concert. In addition, if you wish to tour the tower, you must make an appointment and note, it is a bit of a hike! The visit to the church is free, but the tower has an entrance fee. Enjoy!

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Reviewed August 24, 2013

It was interesting to discover that this fine church was one of the first specifically built for Protestants and that it is still the largest Protestant church ever built in the Netherlands.

The great steeple can be seen from afar and gives a great landmark along the canals in the area. Nearby is a statue of Anne Frank who often refers to the church in her diaries.

It has a very restful atmosphere inside. The nave is vast and very imposing. The roof is soaring and attractive. As well as the normal religious ceremonies, many concerts are held in this great space. These include recitals on the most impressive organ. At the time of our visit preparations were underway for a performance.

The Burning Bush sculpture is wonderful and rich in religious symbolism.

Thank permia
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

It's more of a concert hall during the week, I guess. It is beautifully stark inside which lets you appreciate the bones of the architecture. Church is free; tower trip you must pay for. Worth a look in since it's by the Anne Frank House.

Thank Mike N
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

The church steeple is beautiful and the bells go every quarter hour which sound beautiful too. However, the base of the shop has been filled with souvenir shops, which take away from its look. Also, gets a bit overlooked by the queues for Ann franks house.

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