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Culture of Amsterdam. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Amsterdam While speaking about cultural attractions of Amsterdam, it is surely worth noting numerous medieval architectural monuments. Munttoren medieval tower is, definitely, one of the most notable sights of this place. The building of the tower was completed in the end of the 15th century. The tower was reconstructed in the 17th century and so today guests can visit this magnificent architectural monument of the Renaissance. Montelbaanstoren Tower is a no less interesting attraction. This tower was built in the beginning of the 16th century. The tower served as a protective facility during the Middle Ages. Nowadays it is used as the main office of the city’s water management.
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Jewish Historical Museum (Joods Historisch Museu) is a noteworthy place among the cultural institutions of the city. The museum is located in an old synagogue. Its opening took place in 1987. Many artifacts have been lost during the war, but even this modern collection of artifacts looks very impressive. Pathé Tuschinski Theatre was opened in 1921. Today this theater is considered one of most striking sights of the city. A unique combination of architectural styles and an unforgettable design of the facade and lobby make all visitors stop in admiration for nearly a century. The full reconstruction of the building was completed in 2002. Nowadays a cinema is opened in it.
Dam Square is the location of the famous historical monument - National Monument (Nationaal Monument). It was opened in 1956 in the memory of victims of World War II. Every year on May 4 a solemn wreath-laying ceremony takes place at the memorial. You will find much pleasure simply in making a usual walk through the city’s streets as you will find many interesting museums and galleries there. Some of the local cultural institutions are truly unusual, for example, Museum of Hashish and Marijuana. This is the only institution of this kind in the world. Museum of Tattoos was opened in 1995. It has also quickly gained popularity among holidaymakers. During the excursion visitors will see numerous interesting decorations and ornaments from ancient times till the present. The museum has an interesting thematic literature. It is visited by more than twenty thousand people each year. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Royal Palace, Amsterdam

» The Royal Palace is one of the three palaces in the Netherlands at the disposal of the monarch.
» The palace has been built to serve as a town hall in the Golden Age. Later, the building became the royal palace of King Louis Napoleon, and later it was converted into the Dutch royal palace.
» At present, the venue is used by the monarch for entertaining and formal events. New Year's court is annually held there.
» Numerous halls and galleries of the royal palace are adorned with paintings by Dutch artists, including Rembrandt, Govert Flinck, Jacob Jordaens, Jan Lievens and Ferdinand Bol.
» Rembrandt completed his largest canvas, The Conspiracy of Claudius Civilis, for the new Town Hall.

Oude Kerk, Amsterdam

» The 800-year-old Gothic church of Oude Kerk is the oldest building in Amsterdam and the old parish church founded approximately in 1306.
» In the 17th century the church became a place of marriage. The shrine was also used as the city archives.
» The remains of the famous Dutch composer, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, which has long been the young organist at Oude Kerk, lie there.
» Rembrandt was a frequent visitor of the church, and all of his children were baptized in the Oude Kerk. A small exhibition of his works has survived in the shrine.
» Floor of the church consists entirely of gravestones. The fact is that the church was built on the site of the cemetery. Locals are still buried at the site within the boundaries of the shrine.

Westerkerk, Amsterdam

» Westerkerk was one of the first purpose-built Protestant churches in Amsterdam.
» Today Westerkerk is the largest Calvinist church in the Netherlands.
» Approximately in 1669, the great Rembrandt was buried at the north wall of Westerkerk.
» The spire of the temple is the tallest church spire in Amsterdam; its height is 85 meters.
» Westerkerk is located very close to the Anne Frank House, where during World War II the Jewish girl Anne, her family and friends have being hid from Nazi persecution for two years. Westerkerk is often mentioned in her diary, as its clock tower is visible from the attic of the house, where the girl was hiding. Now, there is the statue of Anne Frank on the church square.

Montelbaanstoren, Amsterdam

» Montelbaanstoren is one of the defensive towers of Amsterdam, built in 1512.
» The tower is quite an interesting structure, as its massive bottom is crowned with a white colonnade with a clock.
» Due that clock people unsightly called the tower Silly Jacob, because the clock on the tower showed the wrong time.
» The tower entered the history of world art, as it can be seen at View of the Montelbaanstoren by Rembrandt.

National Monument, Amsterdam

» The National Monument is the memorial in Amsterdam commemorating victims of World War II.
» Annually on May 4 the memorial ceremony is held in memory of those killed during the WWII and the subsequent armed conflict.
» The central part of the monument is a 22-meter column-cone. Four chained male figures of the monument symbolize the suffering during the war.
» Two more figures, symbols of the clerisy (left) and working class (right) united into a single cohesive resistance are seen on both sides of the monument. A dog howling at their feet symbolizes the pain and dedication.
» Above the central bas-relief of the memorial there is a sculpture of a woman with a child and pigeons around them; that’s a symbol of victory, peace, and a new life. Doves are the symbol of liberation from the yoke of Nazism.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Amsterdam

Canal cruise
Where: Weteringschans 26-1, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)20 623 9886;
Van Gogh Museum
Where: Paulus Potterstraat 7, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)20 570 5200;
Rijksmuseum (National Museum)
Where: Jan Luijkenstraat 1, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)20 674 7000;
Hermitage Amsterdam
Where: Amstel 51, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)20 530 7488;
Amsterdam Museum
Where: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 357 / Kalverstraat 92, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)20 523 1822; Tickets: € 10;
Anne Frank Huis (Anne Frank’s House)
Where: Prinsengracht 267, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)20 556 7105;
The Royal Palace
Where: Dam square, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)20 620 4060;
Artis Zoo
Where: Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)20 523 3400;
Madame Tussauds Amsterdam
Where: Dam 20, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)20 523 0623;
Gassan Diamonds
Where: Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 173-175, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)20 622 5333;
Heineken Experience
Where: Stadhouderskade 78, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)20 523 9435;
Zaanse Schans
Where: Schansend 7 Zaandam, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)75 681 0000;
Keukenhof flower garden
Where: Stationsweg 166a Lisse, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)252 465 555;
Flower auction FloraHolland
Where: Legmeerdijk 313 Aalsmeer, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)297 398 050;
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Culture guide to Amsterdam. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Amsterdam: temples, museums, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Amsterdam. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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