In the 17th century the famous crescent
shape of the Amsterdam city centre was designed. It
is a unique ring of canals.
The Venice of the North has. 90
islands. What is even more interesting is there are
about 400 stone bridges.
One third of the 20,000 buildings were built before
1850 and they huge mansions.
There are 6,700 national monuments in the City
In the second half of the 19th century
is when many of the irreplaceable buildings were demolished.
In 1900 watchful Amsterdam citizens
managed to stop the effort to fill in the Reguliersgracht.
They were successful, but the demolition of the rest
of the city buildings continued.
This included many buildings being torn down between
1917 and 1918 to allow for the widening
of the Vijzelstraat.
Then, in 1925, the destruction of
the buildings continued.
In the 1930s they tore down a lot
of the original buildings and continued to even after
the World War II.
In the 1950s there were further
plans to tear down. In 1968 the large-scale
change in the city was abandoned.
The monumental mansions, which underwent drastic
alterations during the 19th and 20th centuries
were turned into offices, but fortunately were now
that are being restored to their original states.
In 1953, over 4,000 of the changed
mansions underwent restoration to return them to their
Twenty years ago, only 60,000 people
actually lived in the city and called it their home
and now there are 80,000 people that do.
Out of the approx. 7,300 historic buildings left
in Amsterdam about 2,400 require
The people of the City of Amsterdam
are ecstatic to have their buildings returned to normal.
They take pride in the beautiful historical buildings
that once lined their streets and now they will be
once again. You also will find the city to be extremely
picturesque with all the historical building that
you will see.