Amsterdam, not just another Capitol

Amsterdam, not just another Capitol

9 December 2019 0 By beheerder

Amsterdam is perhaps one of the best known capitals in the world. That is not without reason. Even though Amsterdam sometimes doesn’t get that good in the news, Amsterdam is a very livable city. Especially in the summer period the largest income of the city comes from tourism. Tourists from all over the world and from all over the world come to our beautiful city. I was born and raised in Amsterdam and I think I can say that I know Amsterdam fairly well. And even for me as a resident who experiences this city every day, it is still the liveliest city in the Netherlands.

I would like to leave it to you as readers whether it is also the most beautiful city, because taste cannot be argued. abroad, Amsterdam is mainly known for its redlight district or as we call it “the red light district” and the coffee shops. However, Amsterdam has so much more to offer. Just think of culture with the Rijksmuseum, the van Gogh museum or the Tropenmuseum or our ancient zoo Artis. That is quite apart from all the beautiful streets and alleys where you can see an incredible amount if you give your eyes a smile. If you like architecture, Amsterdam is a kind of Mecca with buildings from the old history of Amsterdam right next to Modern architecture, in Amsterdam it is all possible.

Facts about Amsterdam

– Did you know that Amsterdam owes its name to its location on a dam built in the 13th in the river Amstel
– That Amsterdam received city rights shortly after 1300
– That the ports of Amsterdam in the Golden Age were counted among the most important ports in the world
– The canal ring of Amsterdam in 2010 on the UNESCO World Heritage List has been added

The history of Amsterdam

Amsterdam has a very rich history. The city was created around 1275 when the then Count Floris V gave free passage through the Dutch waters for everyone who lived near the dam in the Amstel.

This was a bit of a show of power to the Diocese of Utrecht in an ongoing struggle for years for the area. The area belonged to the Diocese of Utrecht and was governed by the Lords of Amstel who were appointed by the Diocese.

The Diocese of Utrecht threatened to break free and establish its own rule in the area. However, this was against Floris V’s sore leg who decided to put a stop to this. Granting the privilege of free navigation was therefore a strategic move by De Graaf. This privilege gave Amsterdam a head start over others of the Dutch cities. In 1296 the diocese was fed up with the battle and they murder Count Floris V with the result that Amsterdam once again fell under the Diocese of Utrecht. Anyway Amsterdam developed through and through at a rapid pace.

There still seems to be no certainty when Amsterdam received city rights. There are various theories about when Amsterdam got its city rights. The discussion about the year varies from the year 1300 or the year 1306. The city rights were granted by the Diocese of Utrecht. Because of the bond that Count of Holland, William III had with the Diocese of Utrecht, the city was permanently in Dutch hands after the death of William III.

A view of Amsterdam in 1538
A view of Amsterdam in 1538