Churches in Amsterdam
[Old Church] is the oldest church in Amsterdam. Covering an area of
3,300 sq. m, this church was built in the 14th C. After several renewals, the Oude Kerk holds
different architectonic styles. The most remarkable feature is the magnificent collection of
organs. Further, it holds outstanding stained-glass windows, marvelous choir stalls, and many tombs
Nieuwe Kerk (Dutch for "New Church") is located on Dam Square, next to the royal
palace. It was built in the late 14th C, when the bishop of Utrecht authorized its construction.
The Nieuwe Kerk was consecrated to St. Mary and St. Catharine. Historically, the Nieuwe Kerk has
played a major role since coronations and important burials take place here. Exhibitions, concerts,
and presentation ceremonies are regularly held in this church in Gothic style.
Located on the bank of the Prinsengracht canal, the
Westerkerk was built by Hendrick de Keyser in 1638. It is close to Anne Frank's
House, where she hid from the Nazis. This church is mentioned frequently in her diary since its
clock tower could be seen from the attic of the house. A memorial statue of Anne Frank arises
outside the church. Further, the Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn lies buried here in an unknown