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Anne Frank's Steeple

I can't tell you how many pics I have taken of the Westerkerk (West Church) that sits on the Prinsengracht canal not far from our apartment. 

I chose this particular view for two reasons:  Anne Frank saw only this much of the clock tower when she viewed it from her little hide-away during WWII.  When we went through the Anne Frank House 9 years ago, I recall reading that seeing this tower through her attic window and hearing the clock chiming was a source of great comfort for her.

Secondly,  though I have several pics of the church without any other structures around it, I wanted you to see how smack-dab in the middle of the canal ring this church is.  And since I just showed the bell gable in yesterday's post (across the canal from the Anne Frank House), here's another one!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


Anne Frank's Steeple

I can't tell you how many pics I have taken of the Westerkerk (West Church) that sits on the Prinsengracht canal not far from our apartment. 

I chose this particular view for two reasons:  Anne Frank saw only this much of the clock tower when she viewed it from her little hide-away during WWII.  When we went through the Anne Frank House 9 years ago, I recall reading that seeing this tower through her attic window and hearing the clock chiming was a source of great comfort for her.

Secondly,  though I have several pics of the church without any other structures around it, I wanted you to see how smack-dab in the middle of the canal ring this church is.  And since I just showed the bell gable in yesterday's post (across the canal from the Anne Frank House), here's another one!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (25)

  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 29 May 2007, 00:19
That brightly coloured crown is especially stunning.
Ginnie Hart: It definitely makes it distinct from all other churches around the city, Jimbo!
  • alex
  • 29 May 2007, 00:20
that's a pretty amazing piece of architecture. and of course, you have to include the gable! wink
Ginnie Hart: Yes, of course, Alex. smile Thank you.
I love the crown too.
Ginnie Hart: It really IS a crown, isn't it, Dotun!
Great choice, Ginnie. What a stunning shot, with the colourful crown and gold weathercock (?) on top. Excellent focus and detail.
Ginnie Hart: You just can't NOT photograph this steeple! There's actally a clock on it behind the trees but that's not what I wanted to show in this pic. Thanks, Karen.
Nice colours on top ! Make me thing of the orthodox architecture kind of... no ? I'm probably silly !!! smile
Ginnie Hart: No, you're not silly at all, Florence. This very much DOES have a Russian orthodox feel to it. Quite interesting. Makes me want to know more about it.
  • Julischka
  • the black hole where time disappears
  • 29 May 2007, 07:42
Wow! Pretty impressive! I think I've never seen a clock tower like that. Thanks for sharing. smile
Ginnie Hart: And believe it or not, there IS a clock behind the trees, Julia, but as I told Karen, I didn't want that to be the focus this time. Thanks.
Lol !! Los dos hemos escogido hoy el tema de las torres !! grin La tuya mucho más colorida !!

Lol! Both we have chosen today the subject of the towers! grin much more colorful yours!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Usually I'm the one choosing sepia, Jose. That's okay. We can both go back-n-forth. I like that. smile
A nive shot of one of the finest towers in Holland. And one of the most famous ones too. Isn't the crown beautiful?
Ginnie Hart: It just amazes me, Wim, that I can walk just 2 blocks down the street to see this. Not this up-close, of course, but still, there it is. It really is a fine tower!

BTW, it was so good to see you again on Sunday. I like that we are just a nice little walk away from you on certain Sundays. We'll definitely find you again!
Amsterdam has truely recieved a lot of attention from you. I especially love this image.
Ginnie Hart: As long as I'm here, off-n-on all year long, Amsterdam will continue to get a lot of attention from me, Shakara! smile It is one amazing city!
Ginnie, I really really love this one. The crown is beautiful. I feel like I've seen Amsterdam through you! Must visit soon.
Ginnie Hart: Just let me know if/when you come, Bridge. I'd love to meet you. smile
Birthday ? have I missed something ? I love this view Ginnie, it shows just enough to make me curious and too much to make me not want to see more.
Ginnie Hart: HA! No, you haven't missed anything, Johnny. Moi was just saying that Anne Frank's birthday is June 12...and mine is the next day. smile

Thanks for your comment, of course.
  • Louis
  • back in South Africa
  • 29 May 2007, 09:54
Excellent pic. And again my appreciation for the way you take building pics. Really had some issues and went through quite a learning curve these last 2 weeks.

Memories: my brother-in-law and I visited this church in 1977 on a trip to remember in A'dam. The two of us obtained permission, went into the church, I found myself a seat and he gave me an hour's worth of organ recitals. The Wester has an excellent organ and he is an excellent organist.

Since I know the Prinsengracht area very well, this picture and the Anna Frank association rings very true.
Ginnie Hart: I love that you know so much about this city, Louis. I think it would just be splendid if I can meet you HERE some day! I hope so.

Wait till you see my pic for tomorrow. I hope you will approve of my treatment.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 29 May 2007, 11:57
You did such a nice job framing the West Church and the gable. smileI don't think I've ever seen a crown like that on a church. When I get to work (high speed) I'd like to read your link about the church. It is so touching to think of AF looking at the church for comfort. A nice day-after-Memorial-Day post.
Ginnie Hart: It really is a fabulous church, Ruth. The inside is pretty plain but the outside more than makes up for it!

I just found out that Anne Frank's birthday is on June 12, the day before mine. No wonder she wrote a diary! (Gemini!) So you know there is a lot of connection for me with this girl. I'd really like to meet her some day. More of her memory in my post tomorrow!
great historical church
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it is, Chantal!
That is beautiful, all the more so for the historical perspective you've given us. You are a wonderful guide to the city, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You are so kind, Red Pen. Thank you.
splendide photo
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, O-P!
I like how the tower sticks out of the greenery and the colorful ornament adds character.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, sir.
Beautiful red, blue and gold detail in the tower - I like the sky as well - I don't mind a blue crisp sky, but here the clouds adds a good feel to the pic imho smile
Ginnie Hart: You know me and clouds with an attitude, Aksel! Thanks. smile
Agree with Martin on this one
The color on the crown really adds something extra to the picture
Ginnie Hart: I think it's the only one of its kind in Amsterdam, Magnus. Maybe the world?
And a fine weather vane too Ginnie wink nicely worked shot smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Had to get the weather vane in, Chris. smile Thanks.
  • Ellie
  • 29 May 2007, 22:40
Wow, that's wonderful Ginnie, and so much nicer than the picture on the Wikipedia article wink I like the way you've shown it in context, with buildings surrounding it.

The colour is superb, I like to think it was the same for Ann Frank and her family. That was a terrible time in the history of mankind. sad

Do you think it's been restored recently. Do I spy a ladder in the tower?
Ginnie Hart: So many questions, so little time, Ellie. I do so wish I could just absorb all the info I get on the mini-tours I take. I did do the 30-minute tower tour and I'm quite sure the lady gave many answers to your questions, but I was off taking pics most of the time. Rats!

Anyway, it's so nearby that I can go back and find out more...if not on the Internet. I do find that this story in particular, related to Anne Frank, is riveting my attention these days. Thanks for sensing that.
Very very moving, Ginnie. Love the words and the photo.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Kay. This little girl has had quite an impact around the world, hasn't she!
Oh well seen this sopt of colors over a grey tower ! Very nice Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Roland!
When I visited Amsterdam, I went to the Anne Frank hide home. I remember this great moment of emotion. You re-create a piece of it with this shot thank you !
As matter of fact, it is important to remember her and the fact that ordinary people have participated...

Human is hard to understand and it's why human exist ...
Ginnie Hart: You can't visit this house of Anne Frank and NOT be moved by it, Zeb. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
  • Aussie
  • Queensland Austrailia
  • 3 Jun 2007, 09:47
My favourite book as a girl. This is a wonderful shot.
Ginnie Hart: I think it was the favorite of many girls, Aussie. BTW, if you haven't seen the movie "Freedom Writers," please see it some day. It's based on a true story and this book plays an important role!

Thanks for stopping by and commenting...and backtracking. smile

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