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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. Plan to see Westerkerk and other attractions that appeal to you using our Amsterdam tour planner.
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  • This church is very close to the Anne Frank House, should go to two places on the same day.
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  • We attended the performance of the Matthäus Passion by Cantatrix & Concerto d ‘Amsterdam in this beautiful church on a sunny afternoon which makes the interior even more brighter. The bell tower gives...  more »
  • We toured Westerkerk Tower on the first day it was open for the season. They allow only 6 people per tour, book early! Our guide was wonderfully informative. The view of the city from the top is gorge...  more »
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  • For just €7.50 you get a great 30-minute tour of Westerkerk bell tower. It was a little scary walking up and down the narrow staircases, but worth the 360 degree view from the top! Add it to your list when in Amaterdam, steps away from the Anne Frank House.
  • Couldn't say anything about the church as I didn't visit it, however the bell tower visit is impressive. The receptionist/tour guide was very nice. She took an interest in all of the visitors and made it an interesting tour. The view from above was worth the steps to reach it! The way up does get quite narrow and if you're tall you have to be careful in places.
  • Book up for the trips up the bell tower. The views are spectacular and the history very interesting.
  • Kept me up all night with its stupid clock chimes, bloody stupid and unnecessary!!!
  • Tour of the bell tower was fun and interesting, we had a great guide and learned a lot of history on our way up to some great views.