The Nieuwmarkt square (New Market) is dominated by a very large romantic castle with gates and turrets known as De Waag - the Weighing House. The building is the former St. Anthony's Gate, which lost its defensive purpose when the city tore down its medieval walls around 1400.
The gate was subsequently used as a weighing house and as a guild-hall by the bricklayers, the painters and the surgeons. The doctors built a theatre inside for the public dissection of human corpses. In later years the building housed the Amsterdam Historical Museum and the Jewish Historical Museum. The open space around the Waag has always been a market, especially for the trade in herbs and spices. The market now is on Saturdays only and sells all naturally produced products.
De Waag, dating from the 1480's - this lovely building was once one of the city's gates. It has been a weighing-house and a place where the surgeons guild would perform public dissections! It has recently been completely renovated and is a beautiful cafe-bar/restaurant. (Fabulous interior decor lit by hundreds of candles.) During the summer months there is a large out door terrace.
Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From its canals to world-famous museums and historical sights, Amsterdam is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe.
Amsterdam is also a city of tolerance and diversity. It has all the advantages of a big city: culture, nightlife, international restaurants, good transport - but is quiet, and largely thanks to its canals, has a little road traffic. In Amsterdam your destination is never far away, but get a bike for most authentic experience.
Its name is derived from Amstel dam,indicative of the city's origin: a dam in the river Amstel where the Dam Square is today. Settled as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age, a result of its innovative developments in trade. 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 neighbourhoods and suburbs were formed.
The city is the financial and cultural capital of the Netherlands. Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters there, and 7 of the world's top 500 companies, including Philips and ING, are based in the city. The Amsterdam Stock Exchange, part of Euronext, is located in the city centre. Amsterdam's main attractions, including its historic canals, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, its red-light district and its many cannabis coffee shops, draw 4.2 million tourists annually.
(Source: Amsterdam info & wikipedia)
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mesutilgim (86006) 2009-02-27 0:41
Hi dear Gerog, my neighbour again !
Such a great timing !!
Another wonderfull capture from Holland. Good pov and nice layout. Very nice warm colors and perfect notes. Amazing the lonely seagull flying above the castle !
TFS and have a nice day.
besnard (53786) 2009-02-27 0:46
L'absence de soleil ne t'empêche pas de nous proposer une photo intéressante, avec de château tout rouge au fond du cours d'eau, bonne profondeur d'image.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
portmanndominic (2400) 2009-02-27 0:46
niceafter rain POV ,with very good colours especially the red castle on the back good contrast and note also
Have a good week end
mauro61 (52623) 2009-02-27 1:31
la giornata piovosa e un ottimo lavoro in PP hanno dato un fascino particolare allo scatto.
Ottima l'inquadratura frontale e la resa cromatica con le due file di auto ai lati che riempiono l'inquadratura, ben fatto
buona giornata anmico
grazie per la visita e il commento alla mia 200TH
jlbrthnn (76037) 2009-02-27 1:45
The greyness and moisture are balanced by the varied colors of architectures of the buildings and the boats. The image is captured from an excellent point of view. Good pleasant realization. Cheer.
Have a nice day
JanD (0) 2009-02-27 1:48
Nice POV, very nice composition. Wonderful picture. Daily life is wonderful. Nice colors.
carper (96) 2009-02-27 3:13
very nice photo George,
good composition, fine atmosphere, nice details, not an easy subject to set on the photo, you did do a good photo job here. I wish you a good weekend.
ChrisJ (100052) 2009-02-27 3:19
The solitary bird in the sky animates the scene, & it's reasonably sharp, too. A wonderful canal scene, with good color & overall sharpness & lots of interesting details to explore. Tfs!
Photo65Net (43120) 2009-02-27 3:34
Very good compo here.
I like the perspective and depth.
Have a nice day,
ls7902 (7328) 2009-02-27 3:42
Lovely castle in the middle and well framed by the trees. Nice touch with the flying gull. Attractive warm colors. Regards. Latiff.
snunney (85543) 2009-02-27 3:58
A great light for this very pleasing composition. Perfect point of view looking down the canal towards this lovely building with its rich tones. Well done, thanks for sharing.
Cretense (68691) 2009-02-27 4:40
Fantastic photo, beautiful atmosphere and brilliant colours, despite the cloudy weather! Great composition and framing, fantastic perspective! Congratulations!
Have a nice weekend!
ktanska (25076) 2009-02-27 4:53
That building commands view at the end of that canal. Architecture is impressive and differs from surrounding houses. Colours look good even on that cloudy weather.
alibasarir (15580) 2009-02-27 5:38
mükemmel bir bakış açısı ve çok güzel bir görüntü.özellikle kapalı havaya rağmen renkler doygun ve canlı.ayrıca ışık,netlik ve keskin detaylarda harika elinize sağlık.
gildasjan (41698) 2009-02-27 6:16
Un POV qui en donne pour nous faire admirer les couleurs de ce quartier d'Amsterdam.L'architecture centrale donne un bon contraste de couleur à la composition.
hay_kes (30448) 2009-02-27 6:23
What a superb post card.Excellent POV and panorama.TFS.
Have a nice weekend.
danyy (0) 2009-02-27 7:04
tu nous as bien restitué cette ambiance pluvieuse, cette grisaille, qui n'empêche pas toujours de faire des belles photos quand on sait prendre 'un ciel'.
Un POV interessant, assorti d'un cadrage bien étudié.
dip (23640) 2009-02-27 8:17
this is a beautiful part of Amsterdam,
and this is a beautiful shot with good clarity and nice natural colors,
I also like the placement of the castle on the picture,
jurek1951 (42160) 2009-02-27 9:24
Excellent cityscape .
I like the perspective , the colors, the light.
TGULUMSER (13252) 2009-02-27 10:41
Very nice POV, the castle looked like a dreamland. The informative notes are great,
TopGeo (38204) 2009-02-27 11:58
Hi George!Is also beautiful the picture with good composition. The centre impresses Good the prospect and the detail Appreciable work and note!
TFS and have a nice day.
xavshot (69835) 2009-02-27 12:15
tu as bénéficié d'une belle lumière pour mettre en valeur ce château. J'aime beaucoup le résultat de cette compo. C'est bien fait.
amaryllis (35167) 2009-02-27 13:23
je vois que rien ne t'arrête pour prendre une photo, même la pluie ne te gêne pas, et tu as raison car tu nous montres avec un excellent cadrage et un e belle perspective de ce chateau et ce canal où les bateaux sont garés de chaque côté
une belle présentation
bakes888 (18499) 2009-02-27 14:36
Hi George. I see the Dutch orange coming through in this shot ;-). Well composed and lovely atmosphere. Thanks for sharing.
Have a good weekend, Paul.
bobocortis (15946) 2009-02-27 15:07
This shot is marvellous. I mainly like the beautiful paints and the reflections on the calm water.
jaywalker (16101) 2009-02-27 16:25
Hi George, Wonderful architecture at the end of this boat lined canal, the light is very good & your POV is perfect, great cone shaped roves & the bird flying into the clouds is a nice finish to the shot, kind regards Wilson.
jjcordier (76916) 2009-02-27 21:56
Voilà un endroit que je n'ai bizarrement pas découvert lors de mes visites d'Amsterdam! Ce bâtiment a pourtant beaucoup d'intérêt, par ses couleurs mais aussi par sa position face au canal.Joli cadrage et belle exploitation de ce temps gris qui fait encore plus ressortir les couleurs de l'ensemble.
robertosalguero (246) 2009-02-27 22:37
Water canals definitely enhance any city beauty assets. here your image show us an interesting perspective of this city. The canal is well centered leading to the beautiful architecture of the castle. Good light and colours. Thanks George :-)
Graal (98267) 2009-02-28 6:59
Jó napot George,
another interesting place in Amsterdam. Good quality of photo. I like it a lot.
meltemi (0) 2009-03-01 0:34
a pleasant scene from Amsterdam, with a good sweeping overview on the river. Nice lighting to show this richly-detailed view, and good depth from the lines that lead the viewer's eye towards the very beautiful castle in the back.
All the best.
paura (47166) 2009-03-01 16:50
A pleasant composition with all those interesting boats in the river corner. The architecture is another interesting point in your well composed photo. well done, friend!
AiresSantos (56155) 2009-03-01 23:46
Very beautiful picture with fine colours and details.
Excellent sharpness, well framed and done
TFS and have a nice week
Tue (27696) 2009-03-02 6:02
Despite the grey weather you managed to capture a view full of vivid colours, especially with the brick walls of de Waag. Good POV too where the canal leads the eye very well into the composition. Thanks for sharing!
saylan-cb (12738) 2009-03-02 7:53
The view is perfect with great capture and good details.I like the colours and POV here.
Have a nice day.
Angshu (56050) 2009-03-04 0:27
The red castle at the end of the canal is a certain eye catcher. Good use of the canal & the trees for perspective leading us directly to the castle. Light doesn't seem to be optimal, but still you've created a wonderful picture. Good work!
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-03-02
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon Digital EOS350D
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2009-02-27 0:36