This is the highest tower in Amsterdam and built atop a protestant church consturcted in 1631. It is topped with a replica of the imperial crown of Emperor Maximillian. There is a spectacular view from the top, but you must book a tour with a group of 5, at least a half hour in advance. This can be difficult, as the line gets long, so get there early. While Remembrandt was buried at the church, his actual grave has not been located.
The Westerkek is a beautiful building with a bell tower. According to my guide book it bears the imperial crown of Maximiliam of Austria which was his gift to the city in gratitude for support to the Austro-Burgudian princes. It was opened on Whitsunday 1631 and is one of the oldest churches especially built for the Protestant services.
Did you know that Rembrandt is buried here and that is also the location where in 1966 Queen Beatrix was married to Prince Claus?
Right in the center of Amsterdam there is the Westerkerk which is one of the oldest churches (Protestant) in Amsterdam. A very rich history goes with the Westerkerk, opened in 1631. Also the Westertoren (Tower, over 85 m. high), the bells and the carillon are famous, too. Listen to the sound every Tuesday from 12.00 to 13.00 hrs. Let you take by surprise when you visit the Westerkerk in Gothic style, its shape of a rectangle and 36 windows ...
A lot of historical persons can be named with the Westerkerk, and one of the most famous is ofcourse Dutch painter Rembrandt Van Rijn, next to Anne Frank who wrote her famous words near the church. This very day of July 15 it is 400 years ago Rembrandt was born, burried in the church. So all of Amsterdam and Holland is in the sign of Rembrandt Van Rijn, it is party-time for him!
One of the highlights to my great trip to Amsterdam was something I did on the last day and wish I had done on the first. One block away from Anne Frank House is Westerkerk, one of the older churches in town, and the highest point in the Jordaan, as far as I know. There is a very interesting little tour that leaves every hour on the hour to the top of the steeple, from where you get an awesome view of this very flat city (and country).
For one thing, the tour was a blast - very informative and interesting. The tour basically concentrates on the tower and the church bells, if I recall, but the real highlight is the wrap-around deck at the top. I took a great set of 12 photographs that I was able to stitch together into an amazing panorama. Tour only cost one or two Euros, too, so it was real cheap and fun. With all the expensive things in Amsterdam, this was one of our best hours and inexpensive, too.
This impressive renaissance-style church was built between 1619 and 1631 and was refurbished in the late 1980s. The tower has a height of 85 m and you can listen every tuesday at 12:00 to the carillon.
The West Church or Westerkerk is both beautiful inside, but also has this tower that one can climb. There are guided tours once an hour, the entrance fee is € 3,-- and it definitely is worth it!!!
The Westerkerk was officially opened on Whitsunday 1631. It is one of the oldest churches especially built for the Protestant services, and the largest church in the Netherlands.
Rembrandt, one of the world’s most famous painters, was buried in the church (but they don't know the exact location of his grave...)
the church is open Monday till Friday 11.00 am - 3.00 pm (April - September).
For some more details, please have a look at my Westerkerk travellogue
If you visit Anne Frank Huis, you will most likely spot the tower of this beautiful church. It was built as the largest Protestant church in the Netherlands and opened in 1631. Unfortunately, it is only open from April through September from 11 am to 3 pm. There are frequent organ recitals and monthly cantatas, however. Services (in Dutch) are Sundays at 10:30 am
Westerkerk was established in 1631 and is the largest Protestant Church in the Netherlands. Its beautiful steeple towers over the surrounding area...don't be fooled by the "XXX" on its side -- that is the city's official symbol, meaning "Compassion, Resolution, and Heroism"!!! And you thought it had something to do with the Red Light District!
Rembrandt was buried in this church in 1669, and Anne Frank's House is just around the corner.
Westerkerk just down the street from the Anne Frank House. Anne Frank would listen to the bells from the tower. A climb to the top is a must. For a very small fee you get a guided tour of the tower and a spectacular view of the city.
Here's a "magic-hour" shot just south of the Westerkerk (West Church) from the terrace of my apartment near the Jordaan.
Bells ring every 15 minutes, with the big show taking place at midnight. After a while the bells become something you look forward to. Anne Frank Huis is only 2 streets north on the Prinsengracht, so she and her family in the annex must have marked the passing of time by Westerkerk Toren bells as well.
Anytime I wasn't riding my bike around town, I was usually passing the time in this spot on the terrace.
For almost a week in mid Sept. '03 they had loud live music shows outside the church with literally thousands of people happily singing along until midnight.
Have a closer look at the tower, it's the highest tower in Amsterdam. There's an imperial crown on top of the tower. It was awarded to the city by Emperor Maximilian in gratitude for support given to the Austro-Burgundian princes.
This church I liked the most. It's a beautiful church with a special tower, built between 1620 and 1638 in Dutch Renaissance style. It is said that Rembrandt was burried here. However, his grave was never found. Rembrandt was burried as a poor and unknown painter, so probably his grave was lost over the many years.
The Westerkerk was designed by architect/artist Hendrick de Keyser and was completed by his son Pieter in 1631. For several years this was the largest church in the world specifically built for protestant services. The tower has been a source of inspiration for several truly horrible songs, a speciality of the nearby Jordaan neighbourhood. The tower was also about the only thing Anne Frank could see of the outside world when she was in hiding nearby.
You can visit this church on weekdays from April 1st to September 30th between 11.00 and 15.00 h. In August en September also on Saturdays. Entrance is free. There isn't much to see though. The exterior really is more interesting. You can also climb the tower if you're willing to pay 5 euros for that privilege. Five euros, that's what I call a rip off.
Anybody who has read Anne Frank's diary will be familiar with the Westerkerk. She wrote about hearing the bells from inside the secret annexe, and was so disappointed when they were silenced. The bells have since been restored, and peal beautiful tunes on the hour, you can hear them if you are around Prinsengracht and Jordaan.
It is possible to climb the tower for views of the city (charge: 5 euros). You can only go up in groups of 5, and you can only book onto a tour half an hour in advance. We tried several times to go up, but the tours were always full and we weren't able to hang around for over an hour to try and get on to a tour (people were queuing to book on). Oh well, it leaves us with a 'must do' the next time we are in town!
The church itself is free to enter.
This Protestant church is designed by Hendrick de Keyser and is built in 1620. It is the largest church built for protestants in the Netherlands and it has the highest tower from Amsterdam. On the top of the tower is the imperial crown of Maximilian of Austria (Habsburg), which was his gift to the city in gratitude for support given to the Austro-Burgundian princes.
Rembrandt is in this church buried and Queen Beatrix married Prince Claus here in 1966.