4 big canals, the most famous district of Amsterdam

A walk of about 1.5 hours, a taste of Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, Herengracht, Singel.

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THEMES to discuss:

Initial plan, started 1610

Extension to Amstel River, started 1660

Investment scandals

Music culture: singing and concerts in private homes

Home life of men, women, children, maids

Plans to build a superhighway through this area, 1972

Architectural renewal, filling in smaller gaps.

West Church: the extravagant building for the elite

North Church, for the Protestant Working class

House boats: how the regulations work real estate values 1600-now





Above: Herengracht near Spui.

Above right: View of Prinsengracht. To the right starts the folksy Jordaan area.


Springtime... , 2015.

Bike on bridge, 30 september 2015.


View from Brouwersgracht to Prinsengracht and Jordaan. From Brouwersgracht start the half-moon crest of canals: Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, Herengracht, Singel.



Sculpture of two Cafe singers, put there by popular initiative, not by the city. Key quality is the tremolo at the end of each phrase. Like in an Italian opera.

Singel, Amsterdam, november 2013. Multatuli, Hollands most important writer. His most famous book: Max Havelaar landed like a bomb around 1850, a scathing attack on Colonialism and repression in Indonesia.


Westerkerk. Winter sun.

All Photos by Kaldenbach


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Updated 3 Nov 14 2014. Update 17 february, 2017.