walkingtour amsterdamIn the former Binnendijksche Buitenveldersche Polder, an area between the Amstel river and the Boerenwetering which had been used for agriculture and recreation, at the end of the 19th Century a new part of the city was developed. As the population started to increase after 1850 an urban development was designed by city architect van Niftrik and later by Kalff. The area was given the name district YY but was soon known as the Pijp, after the narrow drainage canals that were once part of the polder. One of these canals, the Zaagmolen sloot(sawmill canal) was filled in with sand and is now known as Albert Cuyp straat, where from Monday till Saturday you can find the market with the same name. The Pijp used to be a typical working class area, with narrow streets and small houses. Often several families shared an apartment and even single rooms were rented out to families. Living conditions weren’t great. At the beginning there was no running water or a sewerage system. There were communal bathing houses. In the past 15 years the area has become a popular part of the city, with many bars and restaurants. Many inhabitants have created little gardens on their facades. It’s a great area for a stroll.
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amsterdam viewThe St. Nicholas church is the 3rd church in Amsterdam dedicated to the patron saint of sailors. The first church, built at the beginning of the 14th C, was converted into a calvinist church after the Alteration of 1578 and is now known as the Old church. When in the 17th and 18th C it wasn’t possible for catholics to openly worship, a canal house belonging to a rich merchant was used as a ‘schuilkerk’ or hidden church. The building still exists and now houses the Onze lieve heer op solder (our Lord in the attic) museum. The church you see on this photo was built at the end of the 19th C in neo-baroque style.
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amsterdam stories 2Schreierstoren. The Schreierstoren used to be part of the 15th Century city wall. It’s name is derived from Schrayershouck, meaning a sharp corner or angle. But the Dutch word schreien also means to cry. So we call it the tower of tears or the weeping tower because this was the place where the wives said good bye to the sailors when they left.
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amsterdam 22It’s another sunny day in Amsterdam. Will you be visiting soon?
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