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Westerkerk
Prinsengracht 281 1016 GW, Amsterdam Noord Holland Netherlands
Phone: 020-6247766
Fax: 020-4276493
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Office Hours: 10AM - 2PM via phone
Doors Open: April thru September 11AM - 3PM

 

Westerkerk is a Renaissance-style Protestant church located near the heart of Amsterdam along the Prinsengracht Canal and Jordaan residential area.  It's foundation stone was laid September 9th, 1620, and it has been in use since June 8th, 1631!  That obviously makes it the oldest place we've dead-trekked to date.

At the time of its construction, it was the largest Protestant church in the world.

 

 

The immense organ was built in 1686 and enlarged in 1727. It was later decorated by the painter Gerard Lairesse, one of Rembrandt’s pupils.

 

 

The sculptures are personifications of the three Christian virtues: Faith, Hope and Charity.

 

 

 

We had a great time on our trip to Amsterdam and enjoyed seeing this church - ancient compared to anything we've visited in America.  It was an awesome addition to our dead-trek portfolio, despite the fact that there's technically probably not really anyone buried here!

Who we visited here:

Rembrandt van Rijn

 

 

 

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