The Bloemenmarkt is the worlds only floating flower market. Founded in 1862, it is sited in Amsterdam, Netherlands and it includes 15 florists and garden shops as well as a range of souvenir gifts. The market is one of the suppliers of flowers to central Amsterdam. Media related to Bloemenmarkt at Wikimedia Commons
The Westerpark is a public urban park in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The former borough of Westerpark is named after the park, as is the current neighborhood, in 2012 opposite the park, two trains were involved in a head-on collision. The verdant space of the former Westergasfabriek gasworks along Haarlemmerweg has become a place for cultural avant-garde businesses, westergasgabriek To the west of the park lies a historical building known as Westergasbriek. The building was built in 1883, the historic building has been renovated and are now used by creative and cultural entrepreneurs
The Sarphatipark is a public urban park located in the stadsdeel Amsterdam Oud-Zuid in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The park is named after Samuel Sarphati, in 1942, the park was renamed Bollandpark after G. J. P. J. Bolland, because Samuel Sarphati was a Jew, the old name was restored after the war in 1945. The Dutch painter Mommie Schwarz and his wife Else Berg lived adjacent to the park from 1927 until their deportation to, and execution at, some of their last works were landscape paintings of the park
The Oudekerksplein is a square in the centre of Amsterdam. It is named after the 14th-century church Oude Kerk which dominates the square, the Oudekerksplein is wedged between the Warmoesstraat street and Oudezijds Voorburgwal canal. Originally the Oudekerksplein was a graveyard, in 1655, the graveyard was cleared and moved to a new location beyond the city limits, creating the present square. The Oudekerksplein lies at the heart of the district of De Wallen. Along the square are some 35 windows from behind which prostitutes offer their services, as part of the so-called Project 1012, the Amsterdam city government is trying to reduce the number of prostitutes on Oudekerksplein. The city wants to remove all brothels from the square and replace them with restaurants, artists workshops, as part of the plans, the coffeeshop on Oudekerksplein would be closed. A statue titled Belle, honouring the prostitutes of the world, was placed on the square in 2007, the plaque on this statue reads, Respect sex workers all over the world.
The street has a relief of a hand caressing a female breast. The sculpture was set in the cobblestone in February 1993 by an anonymous artist, the 1968 Dutch documentary film Rondom het Oudekerksplein gave an impression of what life in the red-light district was like in the 1960s
Hendrik Petrus Berlage
Hendrik Petrus Berlage was a prominent Dutch architect. He studied architecture at the Zurich Institute of Technology between 1875 and 1878 after which he traveled extensively for 3 years through Europe, in the 1880s he formed a partnership in the Netherlands with Theodore Sanders which produced a mixture of practical and utopian projects. A published author, Berlage held memberships in various architectural societies including CIAM I and this influence is visible in his design for the Amsterdam Commodities Exchange, for which he would draw on the ideas of Viollet-le-Duc. The load-bearing bare brick walls and the notion of the primacy of space, a visit Berlage made to the U. S. in 1911 greatly affected his architecture. From on the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright would be a significant influence. Lectures he gave when returned to Europe would help to disseminate Wrights thoughts in Germany, a notable overseas commission was the 1916 Holland House, built as offices for a Dutch shipping company in Bury Street in the City of London.
He received the British RIBA Royal Gold Medal in 1932, Berlage died at The Hague in 1934. In 1970, the IAU named the lunar crater Berlage after him. P, Schriften zur Architektur, Birkhäuser Basel, ISBN 3-7643-2587-9 Singelenberg, Pieter, H. P
The Munttoren or Munt is a tower in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It stands on the busy Muntplein square, where the Amstel river and the Singel canal meet, near the flower market, the tower was originally part of the Regulierspoort, one of the main gates in Amsterdams medieval city wall. The gate, built in the years 1480, consisted of two towers and a guard house, after the gate went up in flames in a 1618 fire, only the guard house and part of the western tower remained standing. The name of the tower refers to the fact that the house on side of it was used to mint coins in the 17th Century. The present guard house is not the original structure but a 19th Century fantasy. The original guard house, which had survived the fire of 1618 relatively unscathed, was replaced with a new building during 1885-1887 in Neo-Renaissance style, the architect was Willem Springer An underpass between the tower and the building was made during the 1938-1939 renovation. The Munttoren received new extra foundations to prevent it from sagging during construction of the Noord/Zuidlijn, the city has allocated 1.9 million euros for this purpose, according to a May 17,2006 report in the newspaper Het Parool.
The carillon was made in 1668 by Pieter Hemony, who added new bells to the instrument that he and he made a bronze drum for automatic music to announce the strike of the hour and half hour bell. It chimes on the quarter with a short melody, the old drum is still in function. In 1873, the baton keyboard was removed from the carillon. Since that year the Munt clock had a minute arm, in 1960 when the carillon was restored by Petit & Fritsen from Aarle Rixtel, a baton keyboard as a manual playing system was re-installed. Some of the original smaller Hemony bells have been damaged over the years by pollution from the round the tower and have been replaced by new bells in 1959 and 1993. The original smaller Hemony bells are now on display in the Amsterdam museum, the current carillon consists of 38 bells. Only 13 original Hemony bells remained, a mechanism causes the bells to chime every quarter of an hour. Twice a year the pins on the drum are changed by the city carilloneur, weekly on Saturdays, between 2 and 3 p. m.
Gideon Bodden, the Amsterdam city carillonneur gives a live concert on the bells. Just after the renovation around 1961, cinema organist played weekly on the Munt bells and this EP, titled Its in the air, was released by Phillips Records. Scale models of the tower are exhibited at Madurodam in The Hague and at Mini-Europe in Brussels
Markenplein is the name of a square in the centre of Amsterdam. Until 1970, it was called het oude Markenpleintje and before World War II it used to be a part of the Jewish district of Amsterdam, the name Markenplein symbolizes the bond between the new neighborhood and the old Jewish neighborhood. The pavement pattern was designed by the American artist Sol LeWitt, the square houses the entrance of the Netherlands Film and Television Academy, the parking garage Markenhoven and the Grand Cafe Allure
Flevopark is a park located in the Indische Buurt, in the eastern portion of the city of Amsterdam, in the Dutch province of North Holland. The park contains a playground, tennis courts, the youth centre Jeugdland, an swimming pool, large lawns, barbecue areas. On the banks of the Nieuwe Diep is a distillery and tasting room and this park was given concrete form in 1908. P. Thijsse envisioned a park between the Jewish Cemetery and the Nieuwe Diep, the expropriation procedure began in 1914, and from 1921 there was money available to obtain the land suitable for building the park. In 1928, the construction of the park began, the park officially opened in 1931. In 1956 a large part of the adjacent Jewish Cemetery Zeeburg was relocated to the Jewish Cemetery of Diemen because of the construction of a road, the other part was sold to the Amsterdam municipality and added to the park
The Spui is a square in the centre of Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. The Spui was originally a body of water formed the southern limit of the city until the 1420s. In 1882 the Spui was filled in and became the square that we know today, in 1996 the square was renovated and is now largely car-free. Tram lines 1,2,4,5,9,14,16,24 and 25 stop at or near the Spui, there is a weekly art market on the Spui, every Sunday. The Spui provides entry to the Begijnhof, a Medieval courtyard, a small statue, Het Lieverdje, stands on the square. The statue represents the youth of Amsterdam, always playing pranks yet with a heart of gold and he was a gift to the city from a cigarette company in 1960. In the 1960s, the Provo counterculture movement held weekly gatherings around the statue. Also located at the Spui is the work of Lawrence Weiner, Een vertaling van de ene taal in de andere, each pair presents the sentence in Dutch on one side, and on the other side in English and Surinaams respectively.
The Maagdenhuis, the headquarters of the University of Amsterdam, arti et Amicitiae, an artists society and art gallery at the corner of Rokin and Spui, designed in part by Berlage. Gebouw Helios at Spui 15-19, in Art Nouveau style, the design by Gerrit van Arkel won third prize in the architects competition at the 1900 Worlds Fair in Paris. The Oude Lutherse Kerk, the Old Lutheran Church, across the Singel canal
Amsterdam is the capital and most populous municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Its status as the capital is mandated by the Constitution of the Netherlands, although it is not the seat of the government, which is The Hague. Amsterdam has a population of 851,373 within the city proper,1,351,587 in the urban area, the city is located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country. The metropolitan area comprises much of the part of the Randstad, one of the larger conurbations in Europe. Amsterdams name derives from Amstelredamme, indicative of the citys origin around a dam in the river Amstel, during that time, the city was the leading centre for finance and diamonds. In the 19th and 20th centuries the city expanded, and many new neighborhoods and suburbs were planned, the 17th-century canals of Amsterdam and the 19–20th century Defence Line of Amsterdam are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. As the commercial capital of the Netherlands and one of the top financial centres in Europe, Amsterdam is considered a world city by the Globalization.
The city is the capital of the Netherlands. Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters there, and seven of the worlds 500 largest companies, including Philips and ING, are based in the city. In 2012, Amsterdam was ranked the second best city to live in by the Economist Intelligence Unit and 12th globally on quality of living for environment, the city was ranked 3rd in innovation by Australian innovation agency 2thinknow in their Innovation Cities Index 2009. The Amsterdam seaport to this day remains the second in the country, famous Amsterdam residents include the diarist Anne Frank, artists Rembrandt van Rijn and Vincent van Gogh, and philosopher Baruch Spinoza. The Amsterdam Stock Exchange, the oldest stock exchange in the world, is located in the city center. After the floods of 1170 and 1173, locals near the river Amstel built a bridge over the river, the earliest recorded use of that name is in a document dated October 27,1275, which exempted inhabitants of the village from paying bridge tolls to Count Floris V.
This allowed the inhabitants of the village of Aemstelredamme to travel freely through the County of Holland, paying no tolls at bridges, the certificate describes the inhabitants as homines manentes apud Amestelledamme. By 1327, the name had developed into Aemsterdam, Amsterdam is much younger than Dutch cities such as Nijmegen and Utrecht. In October 2008, historical geographer Chris de Bont suggested that the land around Amsterdam was being reclaimed as early as the late 10th century. This does not necessarily mean there was already a settlement then, since reclamation of land may not have been for farming—it may have been for peat. Amsterdam was granted city rights in either 1300 or 1306, from the 14th century on, Amsterdam flourished, largely from trade with the Hanseatic League
Rembrandtplein is a major square in central Amsterdam, the Netherlands, named after the famous painter Rembrandt van Rijn who owned a house nearby from 1639 to 1656. The square has its origins in the walls constructed in the Middle Ages to protect the city. The site of Rembrandtplein held a Regulierspoort or gateway into the city, by 1668, the Regulierspoort housed a Waaggebouw or weigh house. Each autumn, the square hosted a fair and the stalls were replaced by dance orchestras. The market continued under this name until 1876 when a statue of Rembrandt by sculptor Louis Royer was moved from the perimeter to the centre of the square, by the early twentieth century, the square developed into a centre for nightlife drawing artists, young people and laborers. To serve these visitors, several hotels, cafés and entertainment venues opened in the adjoining streets, the area continues to be popular with residents and tourists. The square is bordered on the east by Utrechtsestraat, Reguliersdwarsstraat on the south, Regulierbreestraat on the north, ABN AMRO vacated the structure in 2002 and in 2011 it reopened as retail office building named simply The Bank with 25,000 m2 of space after a five-year renovation.
Thorbeckeplein, named after politician Johan Rudolf Thorbecke, is adjacent to the south, in December 2006, the square became home to a large interactive LCD-screen. The display measures 7.6 m ×15 m and, in addition to programmed advertisements, at the time of installation, the screen was the largest in Europe at 114 m2. The statue of Rembrandt was made in 1852 by sculptor Louis Royer and is of cast iron and it was cast in one piece and it is Amsterdams oldest surviving statue in a public space. The current design of the square is the result of a €3.5 million renovation completed in December 2009, the statue is on a grey granite base bearing a replica of his signature. It occupies a space in the centre of the square facing a plaza paved with matching gray granite slabs accented by planters, the perimeter of the square is bordered by grass and trees. This bronze-cast representation of the painting was on display for three-years before traveling to New York City and Oranienbaum. In 2012, the bronze Night Watch sculptures returned to the square where they serve as a magnet for visitors.
In January 2013, the Rembrandtplein Entrepreneurs Foundation began a fundraiser to keep the sculptures in the square throughout the year