Westerkerk - Westertoren, Amsterdam

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    Beautiful bells

    by Rachael71 Written Aug 12, 2004

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    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.

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    Westerkerk

    by Jarin Updated Jun 18, 2004

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    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.

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  • The Symbol of Amsterdam

    by fellman01 Written Apr 17, 2004

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    Think of Amsterdam and the canals, central station, and perhaps the Anne Frank house will come to mind. However, for the residents, the symbol of Amsterdam is the Westerkerk - the old Protestant Cathedral on the West side of town. Built in the early part of the 17th century its tower sports the Hapsburg Imperial Crown, awarded to the city of Amsterdam by the Emperor Maximilian in recognition of its support.
    It is the burial place of Rembrandt (no one knows where but probably under the street outside) as well as his son (the tomb erected by his more famous father is marked) Catch a concert if you have the chance

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    Churches: Westerkerk (Western church)

    by Pavlik_NL Written Dec 14, 2003

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    It was the same H. de Keyser that started building the Westerkerk, (Western church). He started work in 1620, but is son was eventually the one that finished the job. The church has striking resamblings to the Souther church (Zuiderkerk), but somewhat bigger and somewhat more beautiful. On Pinksteren (Whitsunday) 1631 it was opened as being the largest protestant church in the world! The church however was mostly ment for the more wealthy citizens of the “Jordaan”. The tower (only finished in 1638) towers high above this neighbourhood and has been sung about in the typical style that originates from here. The carrillion (clocks) of the Westertower were also described in Anne Frank's diary, as the only sounds she daily heart from the outside world.

    The Westerchurchtower, a symbol of Amsterdam

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    Church-Westerkerk Church

    by guell Updated Aug 23, 2003

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    The Westerkerk Church, not too far from the Anne Frank House, is famous for having the tallest church tower in the city, at 85m. The church is a gathering place for Amsterdam's Dutch Reformed community. For a unique perspective of the city, climb the tower.

    The church is open from Easter to mid-September, Monday to Friday from 11am to 3pm, and July and August on Saturdays. The tower is open from April through September, Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

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    Westerkerk interior

    by martin_nl Updated Jun 29, 2003

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    Inside the Westerkerk is not very much to see, but it was designed by Hendrick de Keyser, who died in 1621, a year after the church was finished. Inside the church is the biggest of Protestant churches in the Netherlands.
    There is a beatiful and big organ in the church and almost everyday its been played on. While we were visiting they were playing it too and we could also hear a trumpet.
    The Westerkerk is probably most famous because Rembrandt is buried here. His grave was never found though.

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    Westerkerk tower

    by martin_nl Updated Jun 29, 2003

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    The tower of the Westerkerk is the highest in Amsterdam. On top of the tower stands the crown of emperor Maximilian. It is bright yellowish gold with some red details. It looks beautiful, especially from a far distance! Every hour you have the possibility to climb the tower for only a few euros.

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    Westerkerk

    by barryg23 Updated May 20, 2003

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    This is the church whose bells were described by Anne Frank in her diary. The Westerkerk is very close to the Anne Frank House on Prinsengracht and from it's tower there are nice views over the city. It costs 3 euros for a visit, and guided tours leave on the hour and take approximately 45 minutes.

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    anne frank statue

    by dila Updated May 3, 2003

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    The statue is located at the Westermarkt in front of the Westerkerk (westerchurch). The Anne Frank House is around the corner at the Prinsengracht. The statue is made by Andriessen, Marie Silvester , sculptor (Haarlem 4-12- 1897 - Haarlem 7-12- 1979).made in 1975 bronze.

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    Main Westerkerk Organ

    by dustmon Written Jan 5, 2011

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    There is more than one organ in the sanctuary, and the largest is at one end---really magnificent and when you can hear it played, the music soars throughout the area......

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    The Westerkerk

    by mikelisaanna Written Oct 15, 2005

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    The Westerkerk is the church in Amsterdam with the tallest tower. It is located on the Prinsengracht canal and was built during the 1600s. It is open to tourists from April through September.

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    Westertoren - Climb to the top

    by Sprucebeer Updated Jan 1, 2005

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    85-m (280-ft) climb up the tower I think was almost 400 steps.

    Don't worry there are a couple of levels, you don't have to climb it all in one shot.

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    Westertoren - View from the Top!

    by Sprucebeer Written Dec 28, 2004

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    The view from the top makes the climb worth while. Although walking out on the edge is not really for those who are afraid of heights.

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    Wester Kerk

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jul 13, 2003

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    The Western church is the largest of Amsterdam's Medevial churchs and is the resting place of Rembrandt

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    by orke Written Jun 15, 2003

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    if u get there at certain hourse (i remember 11 am) there is a guided tour to the roof, first of all its nice to climb all those stairs, and also the view from up there is really nice

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