In the 16th and 17th centuries Amsterdam was famous for his tolerance. Freedom of religion was guaranteed and Hugenots from France and Jews from Spain and Portugal find a refuge in the city that became more and more prosperous.
There was one exception though. Roman Catholics had a rough time and were not able to come together for a mess. The Dutch were fighting their independence war against the Habsburgs of which the Spanish king Phillips II was the leader.
Roman Catholics had their churches in hiding of which one is very well preserved in the tallest of the canal houses on the left side on the photo which is a museum nowadays.
It lasted till the 19th century that Catholics could build their own churches like the big one on the background: the Sint Nicolaaskerk.
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daddo (25519) 2009-12-24 1:20
Hi Gerrit. Very fine image. I find the touches of light on the upper parts of the buildings and on the water poetic, especially when the lower parts of the image are in the shade. The snow gives the streets and the bridge an elegant contour. Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year to you and your dear ones. Klaudio.
japiey (10163) 2009-12-24 3:24
The shades, snow, church.. all give a great look in frame.
All the best.
gilou530 (34) 2009-12-24 3:29
une lumiére sur la cathédrale comme pour montrer ce lieu historique, la partie sombre est bien dosée et laisse voir bien des détails
gildasjan (42204) 2009-12-24 5:23
une belle image de saison pour fêter cette fin d'année et le bon job réalisé sur ce site.
Bonne journée et bonnes fêtes de fin d'année.
npecanhuk (69450) 2009-12-24 5:55
That's another very beautiful and attractive picture of Amsterdam!
The winter atmosphere and the architectural details were perfectly captured by you in this image!
TFS - congratulations!
A very Merry Christmas!
josepmarin (57881) 2009-12-24 6:50
a beautiful image of the city, its architecture, the canal and the elegant church, under a cold atmosphere of this hard winter.
I like the luminosity and the color of the image, that has a very soft solar lighting.
I wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year.
feather (51130) 2009-12-24 7:07
The Amsterdam snow has provided you with lots of photo opportunities. I like this one with the perspective of the canal and the three arches of the bridge.
Dyerco (10185) 2009-12-24 8:05
I really like the clarity and sharpness in this image. There is a lot of detail here and I must say with the snow it would make a beautiful Christmas card. Nicely exposed so that we can still see detail in the darker areas. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Vasa (16778) 2009-12-24 8:21
Amsterdam from the glorious time in his history. Nice presentation dear friend Jan and best wishes.
Fis2 (89297) 2009-12-24 11:27
Good frame and colors.
I like the towers.
The light add savor of photo.
Merry christmas to you and your family.
Silvio1953 (129220) 2009-12-24 12:38
Ciao Gerrit, fantastic winter view with wonderful church, splendid composition, very well done my friend, Merry Christmas to you and your family, ciao Silvio
lousat (81566) 2009-12-24 15:01
Hi Gerrit,wonderful perspective and composition..and under the snow is better!You play at the best whit the magic pink light of sun..i wish a Merry Christmas to you and your family! Luciano
jhm (143413) 2009-12-25 1:10
U toont ons hier een echte schilderij met de kerk in de achtergrond.
Zeer mooi gedaan, prachtig perspectief en aangename kleuren.
siamesa (27761) 2009-12-25 1:41
Feliz Natal Gerrit
Excellent note and a marvelous picture. It's very good to learn about the history of the world, a history that we don't read in books. Congratulations for the nice and perfect picture.
holmertz (44342) 2009-12-25 2:40
A layer of snow can do wonders to a photo. The weak winter light has given the sky a fantastic colour, but it doesn't quite reach the canal and the streets which nevertheless look quite bright thanks to the snow. A few spots of yellow and red give some splashes of colour to the solemn grey and brown appearance of the city.
Kind regards, wishing you a continued pleasant holiday,
carper (96) 2009-12-26 10:29
jij gaat ook als een speer.
Prachtige foto Gerrit,
goede wintersfeer, mooie compositie, uitsekende foto. nog een prettige dagen toegewenst.
paura (47166) 2009-12-27 2:59
A paisagem é uma beleza aqui, mostrada em fotografia de excelenete enquadramento e composição. Lindo trabalho.
leo61 (0) 2009-12-27 3:03
Hi Gerrit !
A good shot from your town with a nice wintermood.
Nice light at the churchtower.
Emile (20352) 2009-12-27 9:42
Another beautiful view of Amsterdam this time with the magnificent architecture of the church and old houses, the bridge and canal are very well seen. Hope you had a nice Christmas with your family and now I would like to wish you all Happy New Year.
siolaw (38292) 2009-12-30 22:30
Well balanced exposure to get clear view of the shadow areas without overexposing the sunny parts of the picture.
The scene is also interesting with nice architecture and canal.
Greetings and a Happy 2010!
Vato_Law (12720) 2009-12-31 12:03
beautiful view of Amsterdam covered by this snow blanket, its a very unusual view for me as I'm used to watch photos were the mild tones are more present and now this nice surprise. Thelight hitting softly the rooftops is amazing.
Wish you and family a happy new year full of joy and health.
InasiaJones (31562) 2010-01-10 22:14
A really nice catch, where the light put the emphasis on the church tower.
Amsterdam is such a photogenic city and this photo proves it without a doubt. I like your angle, showing the bridge in foreground.
Happy New Year Gerrit!
Wanda1 (15000) 2010-01-14 20:54
Heel goede warme licht die oop het kerk schijnt. En het sneeuw die het straate bedekt vind ik heel leuk. Een mooie winters beeld vol met detail.
ikeharel (62041) 2014-09-10 9:25
Good evening Gerrit,
The golden era of the city in the 16th century, is a chapter learn in History lessons in high-schools in Israel, well described.
Fabulous view over the Oudezijds-Voorburgwal canal, snow covered banks and golden light glow above.
Well collected special moment in winter.
- Copyright: Gerrit van der Linden (Gerrit) (50880)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-12-21
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 400 D, Canon EF 18-200mm, B+W 62mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/60 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2009-12-24 0:56