Westerkerk, Amsterdam

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Westerkerk was one of the first built for Protestants in the Netherlands and remains the largest originally Protestant church in the country. Many of the current Protestant churches were originally Roman Catholic, and then were later converted during the Reformation in 1578. West Church was built from 1620 to 1631. Admire the Dutch Renaissance style and the 85 m (279 ft) tower, Westertoren, which is the tallest in Amsterdam. This church is also the site of Rembrandt's burial. Although the exact location is unknown, his remains are assumed to be along the northern wall. Located near the Anne Frank House, the church and its chiming bells were often mentioned in her diary. Put Westerkerk on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Amsterdam trip builder site.
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  • We came across this church on our way back to our hotel from a canal tour and we popped in and found the church to be fascinating. The main organ is quite magnificent and we were also impressed with....  more
    We came across this church on our way back to our hotel from a canal tour and we popped in and found the church to be fascinating. The main organ is quite magnificent and we were also impressed with....  more »
  • The interior of the church is quite plain but the scale is impressive. There is an incredible organ and it is well worth a visit. The outside, particularly the tower is amazing. 
    The interior of the church is quite plain but the scale is impressive. There is an incredible organ and it is well worth a visit. The outside, particularly the tower is amazing.  more »
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  • Arguably the most beautiful Protestant church in Amsterdam. Regrettably it was closed during my visit today but am determined to return and admire the interior. For now I could only admire the magnificent building only on the outside.
  • What's not to like about this place. It is free to enter (touchless donation options available) - bright, airy and beautiful! So much history. Right next to the Anne Frank museum, the heart of Amsterdam West and Jordaan. I hear the church bells ring all day from my apartment. I didn't realize we could enter for free. It was my first time here. Very wonderful. We were on a Dutch language class field trip so had to find some clues in there. It's a must see when visiting Amsterdam. I suggest maybe skipping the Anne Frank house if the lines are long, (but lately with online reservations, seems okay!), and go here. I doubt the tower is open these days with Covid times, but maybe in two, three years when Covid is gone, it will be open once again.

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