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.
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
The Westerkerk was officially opened on Whitsunday 1631. It is built for Protestant services and is the the biggest Protestant church in the Netherlands.
The tower bears the "golden" symbol of the imperial crown of Maximilian of Austria (Keizerskroon), which was his gift to the city in gratitude for support given tot the Austro-Burgundian princes. Rembrandt, one of the world’s most famous painters, was burried in the church.
Visiting hours: Monday till Friday 11AM - 3PM (April - September).
Church services (in Dutch) Sundays 10.30AM.
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 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?
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.
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.
The Westerkerk ("western church") is a Protestant church, built in 1620-1631. Its spire is the highest church tower in Amsterdam, at 85 meters. It has a crown topping the spire which is the Imperial Crown of Austria of Maximilian I. Rembrandt was buried here in 1669 and there are also more painters buried here. In addition the Queen Beatrix I of the Netherlands (then Princess Beatrix) married Prince Claus von Amsberg in this church.
The church is right next to Amsterdam's Jordaan district, at the bank of the Prinsengracht canal. The church is also located close to the Anne Frank House where she, her family and others hid from Nazi persecution for two years during World War II. The Westerkerk is mentioned frequently in her diary. That's why there is a memorial statue of Frank is located outside the church.
La Westerkerk ("Iglesia occidental") es una iglesia protestante construida entre 1620 y 1631. Su campanario es la torre de iglesia más alta de Ámsterdam, con 85 metros, la cual está rematada por una Corona Imperial de Maximiliano I de Austria (presente en el escudo de la ciudad). Rembrandt fue enterrado aquí en 1669, al igual que otros pintores conocidos. Por otro lado, la Reina Beatriz I de los Países Bajos (entonces Princesa Beatriz) se casó con el Príncipe Claus von Amsberg en esta iglesia.
La iglesia está junto al distrito Jordaan, a orillas del canal Prinsengracht. También está cerca la casa de Ana Frank, donde ella se escondió durante la persecución nazi de la II Guerra Mundial durante dos años, junto a su familia y otras personas. Menciona el Westerkerk en su famoso diario con bastante frecuencia y por eso que hay una estatua dedicada a Frank fuera de la iglesia.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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
The Westerkerk (West Church) is situated just next to the Anne Frank House. It is a Renaissance-style building and is said to have the remains of the great painter Rembrandt and his son, Titus. In this Church The Queen of the Netherlands, Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus had pronounced their marriage vows.