Amsterdam and the past

By increasing the population there was around one third. It was located across from the current Damrak, which was the river Amstel. These three neighborhoods eventually formed the city. In 1275 Count Floris V of Holland granted a toll privilege to the people residing in Aestelledam. For convenience, this period is regarded as the beginning of Amsterdam. When the locals spoke of Amsterdam as a city, and no separate neighborhoods, but it is unclear that this is almost certainly already been established.

Probably soon after the dam in 1220 had become the central point. Amsterdam city charter was granted around 1300 and from 1317 the city officially heard by the County of Holland, which later would play an important role.

The ancient city was situated around the Damrak and between the Old and New Side Voorbrugwal current. Over the centuries a continuous urban expansion took place which took its preliminary high point in 1612. The extensibility, with half (moon shape) circles landscaped canal belts in the course of the 17th century realized.

The canals are traversed by a number of narrow radial canals and streets in the outskirts end in squares, where the gates were (these squares were "car squares": in some periods was the movement axle (all on wheels) is prohibited). The "Venice of the North" comprises some 90 islands, separated by about 100 km canal and connected by more than 200 bridges, the Skinny Bridge which the best known. Today, millions of tourists visiting the capital of the Netherlands and there are many rich concerts, festivals and events.

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