Located mere footsteps from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, this 17th-century Protestant church is the largest of its kind in the Netherlands. Since first opening to parishioners in 1631, the Westerkerk has borne witness to countless historical moments over the centuries.
Rembrandt van Rijn is buried in the Westerkerk, as are several other famous Dutch artists. Anne Frank was soothed by the chimes of the church’s clock tower while in hiding and mentioned it several times in her famous diary. Former Queen Beatrix was also married there back in 1966. Visitors and churchgoers alike now flock to the Westerkerk for its religious services and summer concert series.