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Amsterdam (my place of birth) is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands, with an urban population of 1,364,422 and a metropolitan population of 2,158,372. Its name is derived from Amstellerdam,indicative of the city's origin: a dam in the river Amstel. Settled as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age, a result of its innovative developments in trade. During that time, the city was the leading centre for finance and diamonds. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the city expanded, and many new neighbourhoods and suburbs were formed. The 17th-century canals of Amsterdam (in Dutch: 'Grachtengordel'), are located in the heart of Amsterdam. Many of its buildings have become monuments; in July 2010 the Grachtengordel (Herengracht, Keizersgracht, and Prinsengracht) was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Over the years, several canals have been filled in, becoming streets or squares.

EYE at the IJ
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City of Amsterdam
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Living in Amsterdam
:: Living in Amsterdam ::
Flower market  on the Singel
:: Flower market on the Singel ::
Red light district
:: Red light district ::
Station Square
:: Station Square ::
Amsterdamse bos
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