Westerkerk was first time mentioned in 1311. The building of current three-aisled church began around 1470. The free-standing wooden bell tower from the was built after 1533 and is one of the few survived in Netherlands. The pulpit was built in 1566, organs in 1549 and choir in 1547. There are also tombs under the floor.



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Founded: 1470
Category: Religious sites in Netherlands

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Henri Heiwegen (6 months ago)
Nice place, nice details told by the guide.
yualrox (2 years ago)
Nice flea market! Unfortunately, they are not French prices.
Gert-Jan Bergsma (2 years ago)
This Church was also on the program Terribly beautiful copy ,, small Church and large Want to see and photograph them all, unfortunately only seen from outside Maybe that will come someday, until then I saw a beautiful church Well maintained huge massive church Beautiful
marco rietveld (2 years ago)
A beautifully preserved church with a beautiful floor, strewn with old churches from days gone by. You can walk around here quietly or possibly have it informed by volunteers, who can tell you all about the history. There are also pamphlets with the history of Enkhuizen, very interesting to read. Because what a history this exceptional place has!
dieduh737 (2 years ago)
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