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West Church (Westerkerk)

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Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
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Address: Prinsengracht 279-281, 1016 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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One of the nicer churches. Worth an hour's diversion.

Near the Anne Frank Huis. It has an enormous bass bell that has never sounded for fear it will destroy the bell tower.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
David & Natalia A
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Minot, North Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

After visiting the Anne Frank House, the hubs and I ventured over to the Westerkerk for an equally amazing, surreal experience. We had the pleasure of being guided to the top of the belltower for the best view in all of Amsterdam. Amazing.

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Buena Park, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I came upon this place by accident. It is right next to the Ann Frank House and it is a real treat to be able to climb the bell tower. The guides take you up and tell you some history at each level. You see church bells and carvings of initials 100yrs old. Once you get to the top you... More 

1 Thank Miguel H
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Only give the church such a low score because we tried twice to get in. No signs to say if service was going on & visited on different days at different times. Shame as outside was pretty spectacular. Maybe some signs put up?

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Near the Anne Frank Huis. It has an enormous bass bell that has never sounded for fear it will destroy the bell tower.

Thank David & Natalia A
Bucharest, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

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 30 December 2016

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 22 December 2016

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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Irvine, California
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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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Lombard, Illinois
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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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