Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths.
Historical, Cultural facts & Religion
Amsterdam was founded as a fishing village around the thirteenth century. Amsterdam developed round a dam in the Amstel river at the end of the 12th century. The name Amstelledamme occurs for the first time in the toll concession of Floris V, Count of Holland, dated October 27, 1275. Don’t be fooled by Amsterdam’s village-like charm: this is a European capital and as such offers an exciting art, music, film and theatre scene. The largest religion in Amsterdam is still Christianity (17%, of which Roman Catholics form the majority, with 10%), though Islam (currently 14%) is rapidly growing in popularity and is predicted to be the largest religious group within a few years.
Brief City History
The city of Amsterdam began as a village on the River Amstel. However, in the Middle Ages, it grew rapidly as a centre of trade. In 1275 Floris V, Count of Holland gave the people of ‘Amstelledamme’ to transport their goods by water through his territory. In 1306 the bishop of Utrecht gave Amsterdam certain rights and the little town grew rapidly. In 1323 Amsterdam was made a port for Hamburg beer. Herring curing was invented in 1385. It meant the fish lasted longer and so the herring trade from Amsterdam boomed. However, Amsterdam suffered a severe fire in 1421. Another disastrous fire took place in 1452. The fire was a constant hazard when buildings were made of wood but after the second firewood was banned as a building material. The Schreierstoren tower was built in 1480. The Waag gatehouse was built in 1488. In the 16th century, Amsterdam continued its growth. Meanwhile, the Protestant Reformation swept across the Netherlands despite persecution. In the 17th century, Amsterdam boomed and three great canals were built around the city. Many immigrants came to Amsterdam and its population rose to 200,000. The rise in the population of Amsterdam happened despite outbreaks of plague, which killed many people. The last outbreak was in 1663. Meanwhile, the Athenaeum Illustre opened in 1632. it became Amsterdam University in 1977. In the 18th century, Amsterdam continued to be wealthy and it was also known for its tolerance. However, in the early 19th century, Amsterdam stagnated although a railway was built to Haarlem in 1839. In the late 19th century Amsterdam began to revive. The Industrial Revolution began to transform the city. At first, industrialization caused many social problems and in 1886 26 people were killed in the Palingoproer Riots. On the other hand, new public buildings were erected. The Rijksmuseum opened in 1885 and Central Station was built in 1889. The Stedelijk Museum opened in 1895. Rembrandt House Museum opened in 1911. The Netherlands stayed neutral during the First World War but there were food shortages. As a result, there were riots in Amsterdam in 1917. After the war, new housing developments were built in Amsterdam to replace slums. In 1928 the Olympics were held in Amsterdam. Then in the 1930s work began on creating a park called the Amsterdamse Bos. In 1939 the Dutch remained neutral but Germany invaded anyway in 1940. During the Second World War, most of the Jews in Amsterdam were deported. (Anne Frank House opened to the public in 1960). After the war, Amsterdam flourished again. Then in the 1960s Amsterdam was a haven for hippies. In the late 20th century and early 21st century, new museums opened in Amsterdam. The Van Gogh Museum opened in 1973. The Joods Historisch Museum opened in 1987. Foam Photography Museum opened in 2001 and the Diamond Museum opened in 2007. Hermitage Amsterdam opened in 2009. Today Amsterdam has a population of 820,000.
Language (s) Written & Spoken
The official language of the Netherlands is Dutch. The majority of Amsterdam’s residents speak English well and are often fluent in one or two languages on top of that. You can usually get by effortlessly in Amsterdam without a knowing word of Dutch.
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