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Perhaps the most famous Dutch resident of the 20th Century, Anne Frank was a young Jewish girl who wrote of her experiences in a diary that was later published by her father, the last surviving member of the family. The Anne Frank house is now Amsterdam's most popular tourist attraction, and around the corner on the grounds of nearby Westerkerk is a bronze statue to this exceptional young lady. It was created by Dutch artist Mari Silverster Andriessen, who best known for his many works commemorating Holocaust victims.
Westertoren - in Amsterdam also known as 'Long John' - is the city's highest tower and hence its symbol.
A visit to Amsterdam's most iconic church, the Westerkerk, is incomplete without taking a tour of the Westertoren or church tower. This 85-meter (278-foot) tower is the tallest in the inner city and affords breathtaking views of the Jordaaan neighborhood, Prinsengracht and the Anne Frank House. The church's bells are rung by hand prior to every ceremony to this day. The tower clock strikes on the hour and these chimes used to be a source of comfort to Anne Frank, who lived just around the corner from the church during World War II. The viewing platform is located on the first level at a height of 40 meters (131 feet) and is a great way to enjoy the panoramic vista of Amsterdam.
Opened on, the Homomonument was designed to support lesbians and gays and pays a tribute to those who lost their lives in World War II. It is a form of inspiration against denial, discrimination and a final call against oppression. 'Never Again' is what the Homomonument stands for and seeks for acceptance of the gays and bi-sexual communities from all around the world.
Coymanshuis is a canal house situated on the Keizersgracht 177 in Amsterdam. Built in the year 1625, this house was the very first house designed by Jacob van Campen in the city. This magnificent structure gave him the opportunity to design the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, then known as the Amsterdam City Hall. The canal house was owned by two brothers, Balthasar Coymans and Johannes Coymans and was home to the Coymans family till the year 1759. The well- known book Architectura Moderna, written by Cornelis Danckerts and Salomon de Bray, describes the astounding beauty of the house.
Church of Our Lady is an oriental orthodox Syriac church located in the heart of Amsterdam. The Syriac Orthodox and Roman Catholic communities use this church. Established by the Redemptorist Fathers in the year 1854, architect Theo Molkenboer gave this structure its shape and identity. After the Redemptorists left in the year 1985, the Syriac Orthodox Church gained power over the church and it was christened with the name “Moeder Godskerk” or the Church of the Mother of God.
As legend has it, this mansion, built in 1622, was originally the home of a rich merchant, Nicholaas Sohier, who had a deaf maid. One night six thieves broke into the house, but were all beheaded miraculously by the maid. Nowadays, those heads can still be seen prominently decorating the gable roof, giving the house its famous name. It is privately owned today housing offices and private exhibitions.