Thursday, April 18, 2013

NETHERLANDS - Seventeenth-century canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht

"The historic urban ensemble of the canal district of Amsterdam was a project for a new ‘port city’ built at the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th centuries. It comprises a network of canals to the west and south of the historic old town and the medieval port that encircled the old town and was accompanied by the repositioning inland of the city’s fortified boundaries, the Singelgracht. This was a long-term programme that involved extending the city by draining the swampland, using a system of canals in concentric arcs and filling in the intermediate spaces. These spaces allowed the development of a homogeneous urban ensemble including gabled houses and numerous monuments. This urban extension was the largest and most homogeneous of its time. It was a model of large-scale town planning, and served as a reference throughout the world until the 19th century." -

Postcard 1

This is so unique!
Thank you so much Maick for this wonderful card with wonderful stamps as well!

Postcard 2: The Herengracht
(One of the 3 main canals)

Thank you so much Mond for always sending me wonderful postcards!
You take care always during work trips...
Don't make Shine worry too much!

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