Westerkirk - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 52° 22.470 E 004° 53.006
31U E 628210 N 5804361
Quick Description: This church was built between 1620 to 1631...and Rembrandt is buried somewhere inside...but where?
Location: Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Date Posted: 6/19/2013 9:11:10 PM
Waymark Code: WMHBG7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 15

Long Description:
Located near Anee Frank's house, this is an old Protestant Church.
Wikipedia (visit link) adds:

"Westerkerk ("western church") is a Dutch Protestant cathedral in central Amsterdam, built in 1620-1631 after a design by the late Renaissance architect Hendrick de Keyser. It is next to Amsterdam's Jordaan district, on the bank of the Prinsengracht canal.

The spire, called the Westertoren ("western tower"), is the highest church tower in Amsterdam, at 85 meters (279 feet). The crown topping the spire is the Imperial Crown of Austria of Maximilian I. The church bells were made by François Hemony in 1648.

Rembrandt van Rijn was buried in the Westerkerk on October 8, 1669. The exact location of the grave is unknown, but presumed to be somewhere along the northern wall. Rembrandt's lover Hendrickje Stoffels is also buried here, as is Rembrandt's son Titus van Rijn. Other painters buried in the Westerkerk are Nicolaes Berchem, Gillis d'Hondecoeter, Melchior d'Hondecoeter and Govert Flinck. The church organ is decorated with doors painted by Gerard de Lairesse.

The Westerkerk is located close to the Achterhuis (now Anne Frank House) where diarist Anne Frank, her family and others hid from Nazi persecution for two years during World War II. The Westerkerk is mentioned frequently in her diary - its clock tower could be seen from the attic of the Achterhuis and Anne Frank described the chiming of the clock as a source of comfort. A memorial statue of Frank is located outside the church.

On March 10, 1966, Queen Beatrix (then Princess Beatrix) married Prince Claus in the Westerkerk."
Date the Church was built, dedicated or cornerstone laid: 1/1/1631

Age of Church building determined by?: Church website

If denomination of Church is not part of the name, please provide it here: Dutch Protestant

If Church is open to the public, please indicate hours: From: 10:00 AM To: 5:00 PM

If Church holds a weekly worship service and "all are welcome", please give the day of the week: Sunday

Street address of Church:
Prinsengracht 281
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands
1016 GW


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Secondary Website for Church or Historic Church Building: [Web Link]

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