Westerkerk

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Westerkerk information

Location
Amsterdam , The Netherlands
Address
Prinsengracht 281
Telephone
+31 624 77 66
Getting there
Tram: 13/14/17 Westermarkt
More information
www.westerkerk.nl
Opening hours
10am-3pm Mon-Sat
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The main gathering place for Amsterdam's Dutch Reformed community, this church was built for rich Protestants to a 1620 design by Hendrick de Keyser. The nave is the largest in the Netherlands and is covered by a wooden barrel vault. The huge main organ dates from 1686, with panels decorated with instruments and biblical scenes. Rembrandt (1606–69), who died bankrupt at nearby Rozengracht, was buried in a pauper's grave somewhere in the church.

Carillon recitals take place on Fridays at 1pm (though check the schedule posted by the entrance, as this can vary); best listening is from the nearby Bloemgracht. The bells also chime mechanically every 15 minutes.