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Architecture And Architecture Of Amsterdam

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With 7,000 registered historic buildings standing as testimony to its rich architectural heritage, Amsterdam is known as one of Europe’s premier architecture and design cities. Being one of the finest planned cities in northern Europe, it is a haven for architectural connoisseurs. The city has also been recognized for its contribution in the organic development of modern architecture.
The Canal Rings are one of the most prominent features of Amsterdam’s architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Listed site. They are essentially a concentric ring of canals built during the 17th century and have since been the icons of urban planning and architecture. The concentric rings were extended outward to accommodate the growing needs of the city as well as drain the swampland.
These Canal Rings were lined by the residences of wealthy merchants, craftsmen, brewers, trades people, financiers, lawyers, doctors, politicians and artists along with numerous monuments. These houses are characteristically very narrow, almost 9 meters in width, have tall narrow windows, extremely narrow, winding stairs, are adorned by gable tops and plaques and have a pulley outside to transfer larger objects to the upper floors. These houses typically have real depth in spite of minimal frontage, and even though the rooms are small, their interiors are pretty grand complete with ornate ceilings and fireplaces. The narrowest house in the world is the Singel number 7, which is only one meter wide.

Bridges. With its maze of criss-crossing canals, it is no wonder Amsterdam has so many picturesque bridges adding to its lovely cityscape. With more than 1,200 bridges, many have a story to tell. Some are historic (the oldest is from 1648), some are romantic and seve...

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...n Nieuwmarkt, University District and the Jewish Quarter. The hidden churches of Amsterdam are also a must-see. These were built during the Reformation, of which the Amstelkring Museum is still the most visited.

Architectural School Movement is an architectural style that starting in between 1910 and 1930 and was started by architect Eduard Cuypers. The structures can be characterized by brick-work in design and a rounded appearance. The aim was to give people a total experience of architecture in the designs of structures around the city. Mostly it was used in housing estates, schools, and governmental institutions.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amsterdam_School
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