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West Church (Westerkerk)

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Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
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Address: Prinsengracht 279-281, 1016 GW Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number:
+31 20 624 7766
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

This magnificent Renaissance church (circa 1620) is identified by its high...

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.

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Beautiful and Historic Church near Anne Frank house on the Prinsengracht

We walked north on the Prinsengracht, as we headed to the Anne Frank House, and the Westerkerk dominates the skyline along the canal. It is quite impressive in size and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Paso Robles, California
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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was so lucky to be in Amsterdam when the Marilyn Monroe exhibition was ( I am a huge fan). The church is amazing, huge, beautiful! The MM exhibition was a plus and a very nice surprise.

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Paso Robles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked north on the Prinsengracht, as we headed to the Anne Frank House, and the Westerkerk dominates the skyline along the canal. It is quite impressive in size and architecture, so we stopped in. There was no charge to visit the church although you could pay for a tour. It was so beautiful inside and we were quite impressed... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This beautiful 17th century church located on a corner next to the Prinsengracht. It bears the imperial seal of the Emperor and Rembrandt is buried within. At one time the steeple was actually the tallest in europe.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

This is a very lovely church just near the Anne Frank house. I was a bit disappointed that the church was closed to the public during winter as I saw many tourists trying to visit and walking away shaking their heads. However if you are like me and happy to just to enjoy the architecture and take photos then there... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Just a couple of minutes walking from the Anne Frank House, Westerkerk is a great way for your party to see an interesting church if you can visit in shifts. The line at the Anne Frank Home is lengthy, to help pass the time, you can visit Westerkerk. Mostly the exterior is photographed at sunset or night in many of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

This church isn't as big as some of the others that I have seen in Europe but the architecture is quite impressive. Even if you just don't pay the fee and view the outside it is worth the time. Churches in Europe are very interesting to me. I have seen a lot. This is a nice one.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

The West Church is majestic from the outside. Some days you might finds stands where cool things can be purchased. But there is a fee to enter the Church which seems wrong and, for me, was off-putting.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

A friend and I visited Amsterdam on Oct 31st and read online that you can climb to the top of the tower at Westerkerk (West Church),next to the Ann Frank house. Serendipity soon followed as Oct 31st was the end of the tower tour season in Amsterdam - we were lucky to get reservations (Important!) for both, one in the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

as a landmark, very useful in a town where the circular canals adn the radial roads do nto always make sense. Sisit teh Westerkerk any time, and its peaceful atmosphere will envelope you - on a rainy day, its welcome atmosphere is especially significant!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

This is the church that has seen several Dutch Royal Family weddings. Queen Beatrix married Claus Van Amsberg when she was a mere Princess. It is quite close to Anne Frank's house and can also be seen from one of the many canal boat tours.

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