Centrum - Oost, de Plantage

This part of the city is characterised by the tree-lined Plantage area containing world-renowned Artis Zoo and the former Jewish quarter. In fact, Amsterdam's nickname “Mokum” is taken from the Hebrew word for "place”. The city’s first Jewish immigrants settled down in the area surrounding Waterlooplein Square in the early 17th century. They encountered a cultural climate of religious tolerance and built large synagogues, as well as Jewish libraries, hospitals and homes for the elderly.

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