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Amsterdam Canal Photographs

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post updated 27 April 2024

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A selection of Dutch waterside building images from this world-famous city:

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The capital of the Netherlands has more than one hundred kilometers of canals, about 90 islands and 1,500 bridges.

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The three main canals (Herengracht, Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht), dug in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age, form concentric belts around the city, known as the Grachtengordel.

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Alongside the main canals are 1550 monumental buildings.

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The 17th-century canal ring area, including the Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, Herengracht and Jordaan, were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010, contributing to Amsterdam’s fame as the “Venice of the North”.

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Much of the Amsterdam canal system is the successful outcome of city planning. In the early part of the 17th century, with immigration rising, a comprehensive plan was put together, calling for four main, concentric half-circles of canals with their ends resting on the IJ Bay.

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Known as the “grachtengordel”, three of the canals are mostly for residential development (Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht), and a fourth, outer canal, the Singelgracht, for purposes of defense and water management.

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Construction proceeded from west to east, across the breadth of the layout, like a gigantic windshield wiper as the historian Geert Mak calls it – not from the center outwards as a popular myth has it. Construction of the north-western sector was started in 1613 and was finished around 1625.

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Location: Amsterdam, The Nehterlands, north western Europe

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Café de Parel
Interior Design: Ninetynine
The Pearl Café on Westerstraat
Café de Parel was originally a typical Amsterdam ‘brown bar’ with an old-fashioned dark interior and low lighting. The traditional stained-glass windows and monumental tile tableaus create the perfect setting for the new Parel.

Masterplan Marktkwartier, Amsterdam, North-Holland, The Netherlands
Architects: Mecanoo
Masterplan Marktkwartier Amsterdam
The Masterplan Marktkwartier Amsterdam will be a neighbourhood for all Amsterdammers; families, singles, students and seniors will be accommodated in a varied residential programme of around 1700 units.

Karavaan, Kwakersplein, Amsterdam West
Design: Studio Modijefsky
Karavaan Restaurant in Kwakersplein
The architects have ranslated the ‘journey of a caravan’ into a bar and restaurant concept in the brightest corner of Kwakersplein.

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Amsterdam Canal Photos © Adrian Welch / Isabelle Lomholt