Westerkerk belongs to the Protestant Church in Amsterdam and is located between the Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht, on the edge of the Jordaan, a well known residential area in the center of Amsterdam. There is also a Anne Frank House and the Homomonument. The building is listed as Rijksmonument monument.
The Westerkerk was designed by Hendrick de Keyser (1565-1621) in Renaissance style and built in 1620-1631. After the death of the builder Hendrick de Keyser, he was buried in the Zuiderkerk, a building was continued under the direction of his son Pieter de Keyser (1595-1676). On June 8, 1631, a church its purpose. It has a length of 58 m and a width of 29 m.
The tower of the Westerkerk is more famous than the church, mainly because the western tower is very visible and therefore is often described (and for example in the diary of Anne Frank, who can hear his own supermarket) and it is , he is dubbed “Long Jan” or “Old Wester”.
A tower 85 meters high and therefore a tower of the highest church in Amsterdam. In the summer months, you can climb up to the first platform. From February 2006 to May 2007 the tower was renovated and can be visited ever since.
The pinnacle dates back to 1638 and has bells by François Hemony. It concludes with the imperial crown of Maximilian I. Probably the Rudolfskrone, an Austrian imperial back crown, was modeled in this crown. After Maximilian I was also called Keizersgracht, in which the Westerkerk is on one side. This was in 1489 that allowed the city of Amsterdam to lead their society in emblem, so that the steeple thus shows a part of the city’s coat of arms.
In the north part in 1669 Rembrandt van Rijn was buried. Built in 1906, a plaque resembles. Rembrandt’s son Tito and his lover Hendrickje Stoffels are buried in the church.
Other painters who are buried in the church, are Nicolaes Berchem, Gillis Claesz. by Hondecoeter Melchior de Hondecoeter e.
Also a native of Franconia chemist and pharmacist Johann Rudolph Glauber, after Glauber’s salt is named, a commemorative plaque.
The main body dates back to an instrument that was built in 1686 by the builder of organizations Roelof Barentszoon Duyschot and John Duyschot. This work had two manual works and a Pedalwerk. 1727 the instrument by constructor of Christian father organist, the student of Arp Schnitger to extend for third work manual that Oberwerk was. Architecturally, the system is a unit with the church buildings, and is supplied with those that are painted by Gerard de Lairesse (1640-1711).
On the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, the process was rebuilt several times, especially in view of the ideal sound changes. In the years 1989-1992 the instrument by the flentrop organ-building company (Zaandam) has been extensively restored and rebuilt in many parts – with a view to an endurance condition in 1686 or 1727. Since originals from the moment only about 600 Tubes They were received, had to be rebuilt around 3,000 tubes. The main work directors pipes, Ríptica and the pedal mechanism of the 19th century were resumed, as well as the 1895 pipe and the three-blade guarantee was expanded (Dulciaan 8 ‘Beam 16’, trumpet 4 ‘). adjusted to 440 Hz: to allow interaction with other instruments, as well as literature performance in the 19th and 20th centuries, from the field (460 Hz history). and Pedalwerk.
Since 1963, a church also has a choral organ, which was built by Dirk Andries Flentrop and restored in 2001. A sanding tool features 12 stops on two manuals and pedals. Brochures are mechanical.
The organist Westerkerk is Jos van der Kooy since 1981.