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The history of a world monument

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.

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Global warehouse

After 1585, Amsterdam grew to become a powerful and rich city of international significance. Over a period of a hundred years Amsterdam was the world’...

Water management

Amsterdam’s canals are considered sights of interest with justification, both from their banks or from the water. Complex water management is hidden b...

A unique outlook

Construction of the Canal Ring made Amsterdam’s street plan unique, because in contrast to most canal cities, the canal pattern was not right-angled. ...

Early beginnings

Despite the highly uninviting marshland, the first arrivals set up home in what was to become Amsterdam around the year 1000.