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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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......
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.
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.
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.
The Western church is the largest of Amsterdam's Medevial churchs and is the resting place of Rembrandt
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
One of the best views of Amsterdam is from the summit of the Westertoren. In the picture, you are looking down Prinsengracht towards Vondelpark. Anne Frank Huis is in the foreground to the right.