1. Canals of Amsterdam
Canals of Amsterdam – This is the symbol and its main attraction of Amsterdam. The city has over 100 kilometers of canals, about 90 islands and 1,500 bridges. The three main canals, Herengracht , Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht, were dug in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age.
The canals form concentric belts around the city known as the Grachtengordel. The famous canals were dug to control the waters of the Amstel River. Amsterdam’s wealthy merchants soon found the canals to be ideal for showcasing their mansions and trade. It is a masterpiece of hydraulic engineering, urban planning and architecture. The canals of Amsterdam are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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The Rijksmuseum is the National Art Museum dedicated to the art and history of Amsterdam and Holland . The museum is located in the Museum Square in the South Amsterdam area, near the Van Gogh Museum. The Rijksmuseum was founded in The Hague in 1800 and moved to Amsterdam in 1808, where it was first housed in the Royal Palace and later in the Trippenhuis . In 2013, it was the most visited museum in the Netherlands with a record 2.2 million visitors.
The museum has over 8,000 pieces of art and history, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer.
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3. Van Gogh Museum
Located on the northwest side of the Museum Square, the Van Gogh Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of paintings and letters from the artist, as well as paintings by his contemporaries. River Museum azmeschen four storey building, designed by Gerrit Rietveld in 1970, the museum is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Amsterdam. The chronologically placed work of the artist offers viewers a glimpse of the evolution of Van Gogh’s style. In 2014, the museum was visited by 1.6 million tourists and it is the 2nd most visited museum in Holland.
Official website: www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en
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The Begijnhof District, or courtyard, is another historic landmark in Amsterdam. The Begijnhof district occupies the central circle of land in Amsterdam’s circular canal system. In the 14th century, the courtyard served as a residence for Catholic sisters. The Begijnhof is not a monastery in the traditional sense, because women were free. The Begijnhof district is one of the most beautiful places in Amsterdam, now it is a courtyard with typical Dutch style houses.
Official website: www.begijnhofamsterdam.nl (more…)