Amsterdam, Netherlands

MARCH 15, 2009 – MARCH 28, 2009

Amsterdam is the largest city in the Netherlands and serves as its capital. It also has the sixth largest metropolitan area in Europe with around 6.7 million people. The name Amsterdam is quite literally derived from the city originally being settled around a dam in the Amstel River, at the location of what is today Dam Square, hence Amstel-dam, which later became Amsterdam. Today the city is both the financial and cultural capital of the Netherlands, with seven of the world’s top 500 companies located here as well as world renowned museums, such as the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Anne Frank House. This city is also famous for its red-light district and cannabis coffee shops, drawing more than four million tourists annually. However, the city has recently started removing these institutions and by the year 2015 they will be significantly reduced … [ for more purchase CIVIC INTIMACY ]


Dam Square

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Dam square is the most important and well-known space in Amsterdam. Located just south of the central train station, Dam Square is centrally located within the historic center and is the heart of the city. The most notable structure in the square is the Royal Palace that stands prominently at the western edge. From 1655-1808 this structure stood as the city hall until it was converted into a royal residence, which it remains today. At the other end of the square is The National Monument, which was installed in 1956 to honor the victims of World War II … [ for more purchase CIVIC INTIMACY ]