The Westerkerk (Western Church) is a Protestant Church in Amsterdam (the capital city of the Netherlands), built in 1620-1631 after a design by 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).
Listed building on Rijksmonuments in Amsterdam
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.
Amsterdam, Holland – 4 August 2012
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