About the Church where Rembrandt is BuriedOne of the prettier churches in Amsterdam is the Westerkerk. Most of the churches in Amsterdam are not even operating, but this church is operating and is one of the most popular in the country, and many church goers come here. It is an old building, that took 18 years to complete, between the years of 1620 and 1638.
The church was designed by the architect Hendrik de Keyser in the Dutch Renaissance style. He passed away a few years after the beginning of the building, and Jacob van Campen completed the work. Its length is 29 meters and height 28 meters, this church is not especially large.
In 1686 a special organ was built for the church, that was very large and intricate. The doors are full of paintings from the bible. Enter the wide and tall building and hear the beautiful sounds from the organ, and look around you at the 36 windows that surround the building.
The church tower is considered the highest point in the city and is one of its symbols. It is 85 meters tall and at the end of the building you can see the royal crown that was given to the city by the emperor Maximilian I.
Rumor has it that Rembrandt's burial site is here, though this spot was never identified. His son Titus's grave is also located here; and there is no question about the validity of that fact. He passed away while he was young and his father was still alive. Next to his son's grave, on the North side of the church, there is a small gravestone for Rembrandt. At this place you can also see a small statue of the Jewish girl Anne Frank, whose house is only a short walking distance away.
In the evenings there are sometimes free symphony concerts here.