It’s not only the proud residents of Amsterdam who believe their Canal Ring is unique. The fame of the city's 17th-century canals has stretched far beyond Dutch borders through its 400 years of rich history. That’s why the summer of 2010 justifiably saw Amsterdam’s Canal Ring accorded a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. This was an international recognition of the very unique nature of this part of the historic inner city. It represents a confirmation of what everyone already knew: the Canal Ring is a monument of global stature with impressive tales to tell.