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  • 1. Beurs van Berlage

    Centrum | Notable Building

    The old stock-exchange building is revered as Amsterdam's first modern building and the country's most important piece of 20th-century architecture...Read More

  • 2. De Waag

    Nieuwmarkt | Notable Building

    Built in 1488, the Waag functioned as a city gate, Sint Antoniespoort, until 1617. It would be closed at exactly 9:30 pm to keep out not only...Read More

  • 3. Haarlemmerpoort

    Western Islands | Notable Building

    This Neoclassical ceremonial gateway was built in 1840 as an excise post to replace one of the former city gates, which had to be demolished...Read More

  • 4. Montelbaanstoren

    Nieuwmarkt | Notable Building

    Rembrandt loved to sketch this slightly leaning redbrick tower, which was built in 1516 as part of the city's defenses. In 1606, the Dutch sculptor...Read More

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  • 5. Munttoren

    Rembrandtplein | Notable Building

    This tower received its current name in 1672, when French troops occupied much of the surrounding republic, and Amsterdam was given the right...Read More

  • 6. Oudemanhuispoort

    Nieuwmarkt | Notable Building

    Landmarked by its now-famous pair of chiseled spectacles set over the Oudezijds Achterburgwal pediment—a sweet reference to old age—this passage...Read More

  • 7. Pathé Tuschinski Cinema

    Rembrandtplein | Arts/Performance Venue

    Although the official architect of this "Plumcake" (so described when it first opened in 1921) was H. L. De Jong, the financial and spiritual...Read More

  • 8. Scheepvaarthuis

    Oosterdok | Notable Building

    With its extravagantly phantasmagoric lead-roof detail spilling over various sculpted sea horses, boat anchors, sea gods (Neptune and his four...Read More

  • 9. Schreierstoren

    Red Light District | Notable Building

    Amsterdam's only surviving defense tower began life around 1487 as the end point of the city wall. The term schreier suggests the Dutch word...Read More

  • 10. Trippenhuis

    Nieuwmarkt | Notable Building

    As family home to the two Trip brothers, who made their fortune in the arms trade during the 17th-century Golden Age, this noted house's buckshot...Read More

  • 11. West-Indisch Huis

    Western Islands | Notable Building

    The former headquarters of the Dutch West India Company (WIC) has major historical significance. Although not as sovereign as the Dutch East...Read More

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