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Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam

Seventeenth-century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht: Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands. The 17th century canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht was built during the Dutch 'Golden Age' when the village became one of the most important ports in the world. The canal ring area of Amsterdam is a network of canals around the historic centre of Amsterdam. The canals were dug to drain the swampland, the unique 17th century canal houses were built on the drained land. The canal ring area of Amsterdam is a good example of Dutch urban development in the 17th century and was the largest urban extension of its time. The House of Anne Frank is located inside the canal ring of Amsterdam at the Prinsengracht 263-267, here she was hiding in the secret annex during WWII to escape the Nazis. Here she wrote her diaries. The Diaries of Anne Frank are inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World List. The Library Ets Haim is housed in the 17th century Portuguese Synagogue. The Library Ets Haim was inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World List. The Westerkerk (West Church) was built by the Dutch architect Hendrick de Keyser. The famous Dutch painter Rembrandt is probably buried in this church. Amsterdam is often called the 'Venice of the North', comparing the city to Venice, because there are more than 100 km of canals, about 90 islands and more than 1200 bridges. The Defense Line of Amsterdam is a ring of fortifications around the city. The Seventeenth-century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2010. World Heritage Art: Anne Frank and Amsterdam Canal Houses

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Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam - Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht: The Spiegelgracht (Mirror Canal). The small Spiegelgracht is situated close to the...

Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht: The Spiegelgracht (Mirror Canal).

The small Spiegelgracht is situated close to the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum.

Amsterdam is often called the 'Venice of the North', because there are more than 100 km

of canals, about 90 islands and 1500 bridges. The three main 17th century canals of the

Amsterdam canal area are: Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht.

  1. Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam - Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht: The Spiegelgracht (Mirror Canal). The small Spiegelgracht is situated close to the...

    Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht: The Spiegelgracht (Mirror Canal).

    The small Spiegelgracht is situated close to the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum.

    Amsterdam is often called the 'Venice of the North', because there are more than 100 km

    of canals, about 90 islands and 1500 bridges. The three main 17th century canals of the

    Amsterdam canal area are: Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht.

  2. Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam - Seventeenth-century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht: The Golden Bend is a stretch of the Herengracht and is...

    Seventeenth-century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht:

    The Golden Bend is a stretch of the Herengracht and is the most prestigious part of

    the 17th century canal ring area. The Golden Bend is famous for its most impressive

    and expensive 17th century canal houses. The Seventeenth-century Canal Ring Area

    of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 2010.

  3. Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam - Seventeenth-century Canal ring area of Amsterdam: The Golden Bend in the Herengracht. The canal houses along the Golden Bend are a symbol of...

    Seventeenth-century Canal ring area of Amsterdam: The Golden Bend in the Herengracht.

    The canal houses along the Golden Bend are a symbol of prosperity of the Netherlands in

    the 17th century. The houses were built twice the width of a average canal house, with steps

    on both sides of the front door. The 17th century Canal Ring of Amsterdam was built during

    the Dutch Golden Age when the small village became one of the major ports in the world. 

  4. Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam - Seventeenth-century Canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht: An arched stone bridge crossing the Keizersgracht, one of the main...

    Seventeenth-century Canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht:

    An arched stone bridge crossing the Keizersgracht, one of the main canals. The Singel is

    the innermost canal, it was dug in the 15th century. The Herengracht, Keizersgracht and

    Prinsengracht, the other main canals, were dug in the 17th century. The main canals were

    intersected with radial canals. The outermost boundary of the canal ring is the Singelgracht.

  5. Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam - The 17th century Canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht: Traditional Dutch canal houses along the Keizersgracht. The...

    The 17th century Canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht: Traditional Dutch

    canal houses along the Keizersgracht. The 17th century canal houses were built tall and

    skinny, to save on taxes, taxes were based on the width of the frontage. The smallest canal

    house is 2.2 m wide and 6 m deep, it is situated on the Oude Hoofdstraat. The house with

    the narrowest façade is located at Singel 7, it is actually the rear façade, the frontage is wider.

  6. Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam - Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht: The Walter Süskind drawbridge next to the Hermitage Amsterdam. The Hermitage...

    Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht: The Walter Süskind drawbridge

    next to the Hermitage Amsterdam. The Hermitage Museum is located in a monumental

    building, called Amstelhof. The Amstelhof was built in 1683 and served as a home for the

    elderly. Nowadays, it houses the Hermitage Amsterdam, a dependency of the Hermitage

    Museum St. Petersburg. The Hermitage Amsterdam is located on the Nieuwe Prinsengracht.

  7. Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam - Seventeenth-century Canal ring area of Amsterdam: The so-called 9 Little Streets, De 9 Straatjes, is a popular area in...

    Seventeenth-century Canal ring area of Amsterdam: The so-called 9 Little Streets, De 9

    Straatjes, is a popular area in Amsterdam, named after the nine little streets connecting the

    main canals from the Singel to the Prinsengracht, crossing Herengracht and Keizersgracht.

    The Royal Palace on the Dam, the Anne Frank House, the Westerkerk (West Church) with

    its famous tower and the 17th century Jordaan district are located nearby the 9 Little Streets.

  8. Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam - A houseboat in one of the canals of Amsterdam. Many people in Amsterdam are living on a houseboat. After World War II,...

    A houseboat in one of the canals of Amsterdam. Many people in Amsterdam are living on

    a houseboat. After World War II, the houseboats were used to solve the severe problem of

    housing shortage. Nowadays, it is very expensive to live on a houseboat, due to the limited

    number of moorings. Many houseboats are more than a hundred years old. There are about

    2500 houseboats in Amsterdam.

  9. Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam - The Blauwbrug (Blue Bridge) spanning the river Amstel. The Blauwbrug was built in 1884, it replaced a 17th century wooden bridge,...

    The Blauwbrug (Blue Bridge) spanning the river Amstel. The Blauwbrug was built in 1884,

    it replaced a 17th century wooden bridge, which was painted blue, one of the colours of

    the Dutch flag. The present bridge was inspired by the Pont Alexander III, a bridge in Paris.

    The Blauwbrug is adorned with nautical carvings and lanterns. The Blauwbrug is located

    near the Hermitage Amsterdam and the City Hall inside the canal ring area of Amsterdam.

  10. Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam - The 17th century Canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht: The Westerkerk (West Church) was built by the Dutch architect...

    The 17th century Canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht: The Westerkerk

    (West Church) was built by the Dutch architect Hendrick de Keyser. The Westerkerk was

    completed in 1631, the 85 m high tower houses a 47 bell carillon. The famous Dutch painter

    Rembrandt is probably buried here, the location of his grave is unknown. The Westerkerk

    is close to the Anne Frank House, Anne Frank mentioned the church tower in her diary.

  11. Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam - Canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht: The House of Anne Frank. The House of Anne Frank is located at the Prinsengracht...

    Canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht: The House of Anne Frank.

    The House of Anne Frank is located at the Prinsengracht 263-267 in Amsterdam.

    During World War II, here Anne Frank and her family were hiding in Het Achterhuis, 

    a secret hiding place, to escape the Nazis. Here Anne Frank wrote her famous diary.

    Anne Frank died in the nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen.

  12. Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam - Amsterdam is worldwide famous for its canals and canal houses. The first canal houses in the canal ring area of Amsterdam were built in...

    Amsterdam is worldwide famous for its canals and canal houses. The first canal houses in

    the canal ring area of Amsterdam were built in 1615. The canal houses are narrow, high

    and deep. The canal houses are facing the canals. The canal ring area of Amsterdam is

    an excellent example of Dutch urban development in the 17th century and was the largest

    urban extension of its time. The Amsterdam canals and canal houses are unique in the world.

  13. Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam - The 17th century canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht was built during the Dutch Golden Age when the small village became one...

    The 17th century canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht was built

    during the Dutch Golden Age when the small village became one of the most

    important ports in the world. The canal ring area of Amsterdam is a network of

    canals around the historic centre of Amsterdam. The canals were dug to drain the

    swampland. The unique 17th century canal houses were built on the drained land.

  14. Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam - Seventeenth-century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht: The Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) is one of the most famous bridges...

    Seventeenth-century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht:

    The Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) is one of the most famous bridges of Amsterdam.

    The Magere Brug is a wooden drawbridge, it only carries pedestrians and cyclists,

    it was first built in 1691 and completely rebuilt several times, the last time in 1934.

    The Magere Brug is spanning the river Amstel. Amsterdam has eight drawbridges.

  15. Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam - Dark clouds looming over the canals of Amsterdam. The Seventeenth-century Canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht...

    Dark clouds looming over the canals of Amsterdam. The Seventeenth-century Canal ring

    area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht became an UNESCO World Heritage in 2010.

    Amsterdam is situated within the Defence Line of Amsterdam, a 135 km long impressive

    ring of 45 fortifications and numerous waterworks around the capital city of the Netherlands.

    The Defence Line of Amsterdam is also an UNESCO World Heritage.