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"History 1 ?Amstelerer-dam?, a dam in Amstel-river" Top 5 Page for this destination Dam Square Tip by Pavlik_NL

Dam Square, Amsterdam: 47 reviews and 60 photos

  The busy river Amstel, where it all began
by Pavlik_NL

Favorite thing: Besides the boat tour you must walk the Damrak towards the 'Dam' (Damsquare). This is the centre of Amsterdam and here are – among others – the Royal Palace, the monument (WW-II) and the New Church. Buildings that you must have seen while visiting Amsterdam. The square is located at the place where in early medieval times a dam was constructed to control the river “Amstel”, leading to the place “Amstelerer-dam”, which later became pronounced as “Amsterdam”. From the river, nor the dam, you will see any reminders here. It all is now redirected through the canals that form perfect half circles around this square (see picture). This pattern is unique in the world and makes Amsterdam actually what it is today.

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  • Updated Dec 14, 2003
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