Netherlands - Seventeenth-century canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht

"The historic urban ensemble of the canal district of Amsterdam was a project for a new ‘port city’ built at the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th centuries. It comprises a network of canals to the west and south of the historic old town and the medieval port that encircled the old town and was accompanied by the repositioning inland of the city’s fortified boundaries, the Singelgracht. This was a long-term programme that involved extending the city by draining the swampland, using a system of canals in concentric arcs and filling in the intermediate spaces. These spaces allowed the development of a homogeneous urban ensemble including gabled houses and numerous monuments. This urban extension was the largest and most homogeneous of its time. It was a model of large-scale town planning, and served as a reference throughout the world until the 19th century." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Aerial view of the historic canal zone of Amsterdam. Thanks to Anja of Germany who visited Amsterdam.

Postcard 2
Westerkerk (Western Church) is Amsterdam's tallest church and a Protestant church along Prinsengracht (Prince's Canal) which the fourth and the longest of the main canals in Amsterdam and named after the Prince of Orange. Most of the canal houses along it were built during the Dutch Golden Age of the United Provinces. Thanks to Elizabeth of Netherlands.

Postcard 3

Postcard 4
Multi-view of Amsterdam. Thanks to Hasti for mailing from Amsterdam, Netherlands. Received in July 2018.

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