Canal rings houses
The old centre was formed by rings of canals with unique mostly 17th century residences of wealthy merchants, financiers, craftsmen, doctors, lawyers, politicians and artists. Because of lack of space, these houses were mostly narrow, not more than 30ft wide (9 meters). They are are characterized by big narrow windows, decorative gable tops, very narrow stairs inside and pulley outside to transport larger objects to upper floors. Very often the residences served also as businesses. Merchant’s houses had their storage in attics and cellars. Sometimes the lift was installed in the middle of the house plan, to transport the goods between floors. The office of the merchant was usually on the ground floor. Like in Venice the canals were the main way of transporting the goods.
The Grachtengordel (Canal Ring)
The Grachtengordel (Canal Ring) is one of Amsterdam's prettiest areas to wander through. As you explore, keep in mind that when these impressive canal houses were built for the movers and shakers of the 17th-century Golden Age, home owners were taxed on their houses' width, not height. Wealth and prestige was measured by the width of the house, the number of windows facing the canal, and the ornate gable work.
The grand, crescent-shape waterways of the Canal Ring, which surround the old center, are made up of Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, and Herengracht (Prince, Emperor, and Gentlemen canals). The intersecting canals and streets were originally built to house and provide work space for artisans and workers, but are now magnets to discerning shoppers, diners, and drinkers. The construction of the Canal Rings, which began at the beginning of the 17th century, proceeded from west to east.
The Eastern end of the Canal Ring is known as the Gouden Bocht (Golden Bend), where elaborate gables, richly decorated facades, colored marbles, and heavy doors create an imposing architecture that suits the bank headquarters of today as well as it did the grandness of yore. Because the properties were so narrow, though, many well-heeled home owners decided to buy two adjoining allotments and build double-wide houses.
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.
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.
(Source: Amsterdam info & fodors.com)
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bostankorkulugu (42498) 2009-03-04 0:48
beautiful geometry and a charming combination of the red and blue... loved it a lot george...
PiotrSk (828) 2009-03-04 0:49
hello, interesting buildings, the colors in the photo are amazing. Good creative staff - greetings Piotrek
dip (23892) 2009-03-04 1:13
beautiful architectural photo,great clarity and sharpness,
natural colors and good lighting management too,
JanD (0) 2009-03-04 1:14
Nice tenements. Very nice colors. Good composition. Very good capture. Nice effect.
mirarer (4751) 2009-03-04 1:22
Nice tenements, beautiful ligt and colors.
azaf1 (15929) 2009-03-04 1:30
Good morning George
A beuatiful composition withe buildings "posing" in the side light that brightens their colors and the beautiful clear sky behind. Well framed in dimension and space allocated to them and nice sharp details
vmukherjee (612) 2009-03-04 1:38
Beautiful shot! The colours and patterns look great.
Gerrit (52283) 2009-03-04 1:42
Excellent choise of a gable row with three different types and the beautiful red stairgable.
npecanhuk (78927) 2009-03-04 1:52
Typical dutch architecture! That's so beautiful!
Great composition! Excellent low pov! Very good sharpness, exposure and truly wonderful colors! I really like it!
TFS - Congratulations!
macondo (19806) 2009-03-04 2:13
Very pleasing photo of these very typical buildings under a deep blue sky with lovely clouds. Great choice of buildings, using those bare trees on right and left sides. The light and shadow are beautifully done, and the sharpness is exquisite. Another great shot from your gallery.
hay_kes (31439) 2009-03-04 2:41
What an amazing view vith superb architecture.Very nice colours and geometry.TFS.
Have a beautiful day,
asajernigan (21427) 2009-03-04 2:44
This is a nice architecture shot! The lighting and colors are great as is the sharpness and DOF. The trees provide excellent framing for the shot.
ChrisJ (119013) 2009-03-04 3:05
A marvellous blue sky, with good sharpness, colour & saturation. Good graphism of the buildings, & well composed. Tfs!
TopGeo (38216) 2009-03-04 3:22
Hi George,Excellent details of beautiful architectural photo,Good composition with characteristic buildings the colors in the photo are amazing and great clarity and sharpness,
Have a beautiful day,
jlbrthnn (76039) 2009-03-04 3:37
It is true that these very narrow houses are typical. Their colors are not less typical. I like this framing which expresses the compressing of construction and their vertical rise. The note explains well the reasons of the architecture and the richness of the frontages. Very good work.
Have a nice day
Greg1949 (9011) 2009-03-04 4:51
George, this is a great shot, the window details and colors are fantastic though I have to admit I would like to see the other half of it, the bottom half. Good note and a fine shot of a beautiful city.
Buin (42522) 2009-03-04 4:58
Wonderful - all these different gables! These houses really are nrrow. A truly amiable quarter of the city. thank you for the great note!
Greetings from now springlike Germany!
snunney (107513) 2009-03-04 4:58
Another superbly lit image. The façades of these beautiful houses are captured to perfection with excellent colours and clarity.
Cretense (68703) 2009-03-04 5:03
Fantastic architecture photo, amazing shapes and forms, outstanding graphistic result! Perfect framing and composition, blinding colours, superb quality! Congratulations!
Royaldevon (43965) 2009-03-04 7:53
Beautiful buildings captured with very sharp focus and revealing many interesting details.
The colours are very strong and attractive.
Those pulleys are just amazing! We have pulleys on the walls above mills but never on domestic houses. I saw one of these in operation when I visited Ostend several years ago. A sofa was being lifted to an upper floor. What a sensible solution to the problem of narrow stairs!
ALIRIZA (16423) 2009-03-04 9:14
An excellent architectural with good POV, sharpness,
nice colours and good lighting. Well done...
TGULUMSER (13252) 2009-03-04 9:30
You reflected the interesting and nice houses of Amsterdam very well with nice details,
ymrk (15085) 2009-03-04 9:36
Very fine sharpen,and very fantastic sharpness!I love a that perspective!Have a nice day,take care!
diomed (13926) 2009-03-04 10:24
marvellous dutch architecture, nice colours, lovely sky, excellent POV.
pauloog (11751) 2009-03-04 13:32
Very clear and well combined colours for this view of very dutch houses, similar but also displaying a great variety of forms.
jjcordier (79297) 2009-03-04 22:08
Ces superbes façades d'Amsterdam resplendissent sous cette magnifique lumière....que je n'ai encore jamais réussi à avoir lors de mes trois séjours dans cette cille!
Graal (103038) 2009-03-04 23:22
Jó napot George,
an interesting segments and details of architecture. Amsterdam is very interesting city. Good presentation and well done photo.
mauro61 (52887) 2009-03-05 1:53
ottimo taglio e immagine ricca di colori.
Sembra di stare li a guardare.
carper (96) 2009-03-05 10:26
very nice photo george
this is a very good shot, marvelous colors, good contrast and a fine crop, very good one my friend, have a nice evening.
rey316 (24) 2009-03-05 11:57
Beautiful photo with the traditional Danish facades of houses. Beautiful architecture and colors of these buildings. Good sharpness and detail.
Scharan (14144) 2009-03-05 12:43
As cores fortes e os detalhes de arquitetura tornam esta foto muito interessante. Belo ponto de vista, ótima luz, sombras e nitidez.
zeca (19762) 2009-03-05 20:56
Hey, George, this is authentic Amsterdam! The architecture is very nice, as the colours. Very nice shot!
danyy (0) 2009-03-05 23:47
une photo dans laquelle la qualité des couleurs n'a d'égale que celle des contrastes forts dans les lumières.
Une netteté totale dans une photo que j'aurais toutefois cadrée plus bas.
AiresSantos (56155) 2009-03-05 23:52
Beautiful architecture very well captured. Fine colours and light management. I like a lot the geometry and how you framed it
TFS and have a nice weekend
saylan-cb (12738) 2009-03-06 2:53
The houses is perfect with very well composed and great colours.I really like the sky and POV.
Have a nice day.
paura (46464) 2009-03-06 8:17
Very interesting those architecture, friend. The shot is excellent in colours and lighting to show to all us the beautiful houses.
JCG (35129) 2009-03-07 5:59
A picture well balanced with these two trees on each side. A colorful architecture and so typical of Holland emphazise well with good light and beautiful sky. A beautiful photo and a note interesting, thank you George.
With all my friendships and a very good WE,
Angshu (56760) 2009-03-08 21:59
I always used to admire these houses along the canal banks in Amsterdam. You've used the two trees very well for framing & their varied colours attract the eye. Fine contrast with the blue sky in the BG. Good work my friend!
jemaflor (103719) 2009-03-09 11:52
Gooe effect with these colors, good contrast with this blue sky, interesting frame, well taken.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-03-03
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon Digital EOS350D
- Exposure: f/11, 1/320 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2009-03-04 0:46
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