On our last morning in Amsterdam…
More to see . We did not want to leave without walking in the Red Light District. I had read in a book that is was better not to take photos. But there was a few places I felt is was OK. It was early in the morning and almost nobody were on the streets.
According to my travel guide, nearly a thousand prostitutes work in the Red Light District, sharing about 200 windows and a very long history. Prostitution was officially legalized in 2000 and is now considered just another profession with rules, regulations and taxes.
Here is the statue dedicated to the Unknown Prostitute. She’s nicknamed Belle.
Little Venice. “The Venice of the North”. Little Venice is a term used Europe-wide for any charming neighborhood with canal side houses. Like Venice , the city was built in a marshy delta area, on millions of pilings and like Venice it grewed rich on sea trade.
In the Red Light District, the oldest neighborhood of Amsterdam, I visited an hidden church. Amstelkring Museum. From the outside, the building look like any other houses but inside, it holds a secret, a small , lavishly decorated place of worship hidden in the attic. Back in the 16th century there was one group they kept in the closet. The Catholics. For two centuries ( 1578-1795), Catholicism in Amsterdam was illegal but tolerated. In 1663, a wealthy merchant built Our lord in the Attic.
You can often see the year when the houses were built. Like this one . 1686.
Our B & B- Hotel Brouwer, was also in an older building ( had been renovated a bit) . 1652.
We enjoyed our days in Amsterdam. Such a friendly city. I was hoping we would have time to go to Haarlem by train but finally there was so much to see in Amsterdam and not enough time to venture in this city. Maybe it would be just nice to visit another time.
This is the end of my posts on Amsterdam. We are going to fly to France and have other adventures.
Thanks for reading. See you in France !