The Royal Palace.
The Royal Palace and Dam Square, which is adjacent to it, are situated right in the centre of the city. They have the full right to be called the heart of Amsterdam. The internationally famous Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum is located nearby. Once The Royal Palace used to be a city hall, and it was not until Napoleon helped his brother Louie to occupy the Dutch throne then it was turned into The Royal Palace. Nowadays, everybody has an opportunity to enter the palace and enjoy the look of its inner premises, and make a walk along its corridors. Of course, all excursions are made only when the palace is not used by the royal family.
Many tourists become quite surprised, when they learn that Oude Kerk is situated right in the centre of Red Light District. Surrounded by prostitutes, who offer their services in red-lighted windows, Oude Kerk has somehow managed to save its medieval look. The road near the church is cobbled, and it's quite simple to slip on it when it's raining. The decoration of the church was removed during the Reformation period. There is a legend of the 13th century connected with the church. Once upon a time there lived a man. One day he became very ill and he was very close to death. Since that moment a wafer, which had been given to him during the Eucharist, started appearing in his house. The man even tried to burn it, but it didn’t help. After the death of the man the wafer was kept in one of the chapels. Sometime later the chapel was completely burnt down, but the mysterious wafer survived in that fire again. Since then, many people have made pilgrimage to Oude Kerk in the memory of that miracle. On the 15th of March a special annual ceremonial procession is organized here. The procession traditionally ends near Oude Kerk.
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