This is a lovely area of Amsterdam that I hadn't really explored before - so when VT friend Pieter jan V and Swanet took me on a little sight-seeing tour of the area it was interesting to see where the locals live!
Pj's father had been born in this house here in the Jordaan - it is now a coffee shop. So of course this called for a photo opportunity!
If anything in Amsterdam is "off the beaten path", Jordaan is one of them. Although the Anne Frankhuis and the Westerkerk church are located at the edge of the neighbourhood, but there is more to Jordaan. There are quite a few not so well known museums and other things such as the Theo Thijssen museum, house boat museum, Pianolamuseum, the Nooderkerk (Northernchurch).
The Northernchurch was built in the beginning of the 17th century. It was the 2nd Protestant church in the country. It was built in the form of a cross with equal arms, with a large central space. http://noorderkerk.org
Houseboatmuseum is located in a houseboat (of course!). You can see all small inconveniences and large advantages of living on water. http://www.houseboatmuseum.nl/
Pianolamuseum is one of the smallest museums in the city and it houses a collection of automatic pianos and related objects. Monthly concerts all year around (except July & August). http://www.pianola.nl/
There are plenty of tiny restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and bars in Jordaan. It is not big for clubbing though. Almost every corner of the world is represented including Suriname, China, The Netherlands, Italy..
There are a lot of galleries, very fashionable hair salons, beauty salons and nail studios, small and more personal shops and boutiques specialising in more "alternative" fashion, jewelry, Oriental art, printed T-shirts, books, gift items, furniture, furnishings, CDs and vinyls, antiques, tiles and mosaic, race and sportbikes, second hand clothes etc. There are also a few bakeries, butchers and other shops selling daily groceries such as cheese and ecological meat as well as many markets selling fresh groceries, clothes, ecological and organic products, 2nd hand articles, small animals (e.g. birds and rodents), antiques and art.
If you are in Amsterdam on holiday, you must take a trip to the Jordaan. The Jordaan used to be a neighborhood for the poor people, who could not afford a house on the main cannels (grachtengordel). Now this neighborhood is dicovered by young peolple who restored the old houses and made it one of the nicest places of Amsterdam. It has a lot of beatifull houses on small and cosy cannels and streets.
More information you can find on: www.jordaaninfo.com
Old Amsterdam is full of lovely architecture, which makes wandering along its canals sheer joy.
I especially liked this building, which is tucked away in the Jordaan district and not so easy to find by chance.
It dates from 1642, with three crow-stepped gables, tiny (old) leaded window panes and lovely painted shutters.
Most interesting of all, its three namestones represent a steeman (someone who lived in a city/town), a landman (farmer) and a seeman (sailor).
I wonder why?
Worth seeking out. Bloemgracht is a pretty canal street anyway, and the buildings next door to 87-91 are lovely examples of a slightly later architectural style (bottleneck gables).
Not many people visit the Jordaan area. I don't know why, it's so nice and peacfull here. Lots of small shops selling special art, clothes, antiques, pottery. In the summer evenings, you can sit on a Noorder Markt terace (Northern-Market) and enjoy a real Amsterdam off the beaten path experience.
Walking in the famous area of Jordaan in Amsterdam you may visit the Westermarkt, next to the Westerkerk. Close to the old-fashioned public lavatory you'll find the Homomonument, or a special sign dedicated to the homosexual victims in history and of Aids. There is a triangle as a sign of the past on the pavement (pointing to the house of Anne Frank), and a triangle for performances pointing at the COC, and a triangle partly hanging above the canal (all created by Karin Daan). On Saturday September 5th, 1987, the Homomonument was presented and people still put every day flowers at this place for memorial feelings ...
It is so wonderful, brave and good this place got here, in Amsterdam, and I am proud of it, too!
The Noodermarkt surrounds the Norderkerk, a chunky brick structure dating from 1642 and not open when I visited.
There's a fascinating 'flea' market there on Mondays (9-1) with secondhand clothes and records and books and bric-a-brac as well as new things.
But it's the small memorial to the rear of the church which took my eye.
Three figures wrapped together, a memorial to the Jordaanoproer riot which took place in 1934 (a result of government plans to cut the benfits of the unemployed furing the Depression). Seven people died during the riot, which was (I think) caused by police reaction during a protest.
Walk through the Jordaan, a typical Amsterdam quarter.
The houses here were small and cheap, for workers. Artists also lived here because of the cheap houses. Rembrandt had his atelier at the Bloemengracht and lived at the Rozengracht.
It is not clear where the name Jordaan comes from. It could be a form of the french Jardin (garden), because in the time of the french occupation it was the area with the parks / gardens.
But is also said there was a house on the Lindengracht with the name De Jordaan.
Maybe it comes from the river Jordan in the middleeast, as the area is across the water from the centre of Amsterdam.
The area is now mostly renovated and the small cheap houses are mostly gone. The simple people still live here. You can see it in the typical lace curtains and the flowerpots.
Walking through the Jordaan with a local guide we suddenly entered what seemed to be a front door in the Egelantierstraat nr 50. But it was really a gate to a court of almshouses.
Inside it was a labyrint of small alleys.
It was built in 1626 by Claes Claesz. Anslo, a cloth salesmen who lived in the Nieuwendijk and had some land here. He built three houses for the poor and elderly. It was not only charity, but in that people thought they could buy a place in heaven this way. The Norwegian (by birth) salesman ordered this charity to continue after his death. In 1880 the area had in total 27 apartments.
Be quiet when you visit, real people live here. And how would you like it to have hundreds of screaming tourist in front of your window.....
Very pretty residential area of Amsterdam - really worth visiting - a little quieter and less frantic than other parts of the city - not such a great risk of being mown down by a tram here either! :))
Once the housing of the poor, now one of the most popular houses in Amsterdam. They are called Hofjes (courtyard houses). They still have a board to set the rules. Some complexes are for women only, some are mixed, some are for students. In the Jordaan area there are about 15 of such almshouses. Find some pictures below.
Egelantiersgracht, in the Jordan is a quite, peaceful and of course, a beautiful canal.
You will find it just a few blocks from the Anne Frank House.
When the trees are green, it's a great place to sit for a few.
The Jordaan area, in the west of the city, is a great area to explore on foot or by bike. The streets are quieter and more elegant than those closer to the center and you see very few tourists out here. We stopped off in a few cafes in the area and they all had a non-touristy, neighbourhood vibe.
At No 149 - 163 Lindengracht, Jordaan, you will find the Suyckerhoff Hofje. There are 15 little houses dating to 1670, which were built for widows and women whose husbands had left them. You can go through the door during the day and see the pretty little courtyard behind.
The nine streets is a part of Amsterdam wich a lot of people don't know. The area is between the Kalverstraat and the quarter "de Jordaan" in the Amsterdam canaldistrict. It's very picturesque. The shops are small and special. More boutiques. Not like the shoppingstreet the Kalverstraat wich could be any street in any city.