Top architectural sightseeing and landmarks of Amsterdam - ideas on city exploration routes
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Oude Kerk, Amsterdam
» 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.
» 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.
» In the 17th century weighing service (hence the name of the construction) was started in the building; the main task of it was to weigh the goods for the market.
» At that time a few guilds - blacksmiths, painters, masons and surgeons – were situated at the upper floors of the building.
» Then the building was used as a fire station, and later as the city archive of Amsterdam.
» Most of the 20th century Waag was working as a museum. Currently, the lower floors of the building are occupied with cafes and restaurants, and the organization working in the field of media technologies occupies the top floor.
Magna Plaza, Amsterdam
» In 1992, the municipality had decided to add a building to the list of the ten most important monuments of Amsterdam.
» In fact, the building occupied by the shopping center originally served as the main post office.
» The building was designed in the neo-Gothic style in the 19th century by the famous architect Cornelius Hendrik Peters.
» You can find all the well-known global fashion brands, as well as two amazing interior design shop, several souvenir departments, a shop with wooden toys and a shop for skateboarders on three floors of the Magna Plaza.
» The shopping center also has a cozy restaurant and a coffee bar.
» The church is designed in form of the equilateral Greek cross, which was an innovation for its time.
» At the entrance to the church there is the sculpture consisting of three connected pieces, which is dedicated to popular clamor. There is the inscription on it, telling ‘The Power - in solidarity.’
» In 1627 the square around Nordekerk has become a place for selling pans, pots and used clothing. The tradition continues even these days; currently there is a flea market there.
» The museum is one of the leading venues in Europe, which is famous for its rich collections.
» Eight permanent and a series of temporary exhibitions, including collection of both modern and traditional fine art and collection of photographs, are represented in the museum.
» There you can see life in tropical and subtropical regions of the world: India, Southeast Asia and South America. The museum thoroughly recreates flavor of these places, so you can see the huts of the natives, bazaars and more; even the local smells and sounds are reproduced here.
» The museum has its own theater, where concerts of Eastern music, theater and dance performances are held every evening.
Science Center Nemo, Amsterdam
» The construction of this large research center resembles a huge green ship in five floors. Thanks to the architect's plan, inside the museum you can see the vent pipes, steel slabs and other functional parts of the building.
» On the first floor you can enjoy half-hour show representing a long chain reaction, and the second floor houses the ball factory.
» There is the scientific laboratory on the third floor, where people can conduct scientific experiments; there is a section dedicated to the human brain on the fourth floor. Here you can explore the memory, the brain and senses.
» The roof of the museum is looking over the old town. This is the only place in Amsterdam, which offers such a great view.
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