2010 – The 17th century Amsterdam canals are now lised as World Heritage by UNESCO.

amsterdam bridge by olofbakker

amsterdam bridge by olofbakker

The canals were built in the 17th century, because the population of Amsterdam  was growing fast. In the Golden Age, Amsterdam was a prosperous city and a global center of trade in Europe.

Therefore, the city invested in the construction of the canal in both housing and respect. For the allure was necessary to build the canal addressed as an architectural work of art.

The part of the Herengracht, known as the “Gouden bocht” (Golden Curve) consists of two parcels instead of one, on which the “happy few”  have had some very beautiful buildings put down. These buildings are now used by multinational companies and organizations.

Other places listed on this Unesco listing are:

  • the Rietveld Schröderhuis in Utrecht
  • the Waddenzee
  • the windmills of  Kinderdijk
  • the former isle Schokland