Westerkerk (West Church), Amsterdam

Westerkerk (West Church), Amsterdam

Located near Amsterdam’s Jordaan district, in Prinsengracht canal, is the highest church- The Westerkerk. The 85 meter high structure is one of the oldest churches in the city and its tower, topped with a blue, red and golden crown is symbolic of the imperial crown of Maximilian the First of Austria. Initially, this Church was built by the city architect Hendrick de Keyser but after his death in 1621, his son Pieter took over. Built for Protestant service, this church exhibits Dutch Renaissance style along with a hint of Gothic style.

Westerkerk is not just known for being the highest church but also for its historic importance. The Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn was buried in the northern part of the church in 1699, along with Hendrickje Stoffels, his lover and Titus, his son. Other painters like Nicolaes Berchem, Gillis d’Hondecoeter and Govert Flinck are also buried in the church premises. The frequently mentioned clock tower and the chimes of the church in Anne Frank’s diary refer to the Westerkerk since the Achterhuis (Anne Frank house) is located close to the church. Princess Beatrix (present Queen of The Netherlands) and Prince Claus were married in this Church.

The Westerkerk now plays an important role in the cultural and religious life of Amsterdam. It is famous for the annual Good Friday performance of Bach’s St. John Passion by the Choir of Westerkerk and the monthly cantatas are also well- known. The ecumenical nature of the Sunday service attracts many worshippers from not only Amsterdam but from all over.

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Sight Name: Westerkerk (West Church)
Sight Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: Western Canal Belt Walking Tour   Churches Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Create Your Own Walk in Amsterdam

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Churches Walking Tour

Churches Walking Tour

Amsterdam's numerous churches are an unique example of architectural diversity. Whether you are a keen church goer or simply interested in the architectural and historic aspects, Amsterdam will not disappoint. Take this tour to visit the most important religious sites in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Southern Canal Belt Walking Tour

Southern Canal Belt Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Jordaan Walking Tour

Jordaan Walking Tour

The Jordaan is a district of the city of Amsterdam. It was originally a working class neighborhood, but in recent years it has become quite upscale and home to many museums and art galleries, particularly those focused on modern art. The district is also dotted with specialty shops, markets and restaurants. This tour is a perfect opportunity to see the main attractions of the district of Jordaan.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Canal Belt Nightlife

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A major cosmopolitan city with an absolutely electrifying nightlife scene, Amsterdam offers a variety of entertainment, from live music to underground house music, including ultra-chic to casual hangouts. Amsterdam is also home to variety of bars and clubs located inside historic buildings, allowing some of these former establishments to live on thematically, including the industrial chic of a...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Old Center Museums Walk

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Amsterdam is home to more than 50 museums and galleries reflecting the city's cultural diversity and appealing to a wide range of visitors. This self-guided tour is the perfect opportunity to visit some of the most attractive museums located in Amsterdam's Old Center, such as the Maritime Museum and the NEMO science center.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km

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