Jordaan District, Amsterdam

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    JORDAAN

    by draguza Written Aug 6, 2014

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    Formerly a working-class quarter of Amsterdam, home to a large population of the city's immigrants, Jordaan has become one of Amsterdam's hippest places to live and work.
    Visitors to the city now flock to this area, which was once Brouwersgracht, Jordaan, Amsterdam
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    infamous for its tiny houses, open sewers, and less-than-pristine living conditions.

    History of Jordaan
    When Amsterdam was expanded in the 17th century, the area known as Jordaan was added to house the city's growing poor, immigrant population. By all accounts, it wasn't a very pleasant place to live. Canals served as both transportation and sewers and there was no running water. Flemish, Spanish, Portuguese, Jews, and French Huguenots all called Jordaan home and the area was seriously overcrowded, with about 80,000 residents crammed into a relatively small area by the year 1900.

    Yet great names in the arts and literature chose Jordaan as their home, thanks to attractive low rents. People like Dutch writer Joost van den Vondel and famous artist Rembrandt settled here. As a matter of fact, Rembrandt is buried here in a pauper's grave at the local Westerkerk (West Church).

    In the 1970s, developers hoped to demolish a large portion of the Jordaan neighborhood but concerned citizens fought to maintain the historic area. Since that time, Jordaan has become one of Amsterdam's most desired districts, attracting aspiring artists, musicians, and writers.

    If you're heading to Amsterdam, a walking tour of Jordaan is a must-do. There's so much to see here that reflects the rich history of the area. A stroll through the narrow streets takes you past picturesque canals, art galleries, courtyards, historic homes boasting stone tablets that attest to the inhabitant's Noordermarkt,occupation, pubs, boutiques, and small markets.

    Visit the Noorderkerk (North Church), the main church in the area, built between 1620 and 1623 at the Noordermarkt, a typical village-square. The church is still an active Protestant congregation and local musicians present concerts there year-round.

    The so-called "courtyards" that are popular in Jordaan are actually inner yards containing little houses, built by wealthy residents for older widows as a sign of charity.
    Some are open to the public while others are occupied by "starving artists".

    You'll also find a few small museums in the Jordaan, including a Pianola Museum of mechanical pianos, a houseboat museum, a literary museum, and a quirky "fluorescent" museum called Electric Lady Land. The Anne Frank House also lies close to the neighborhood and is easy to reach from Jordaan.

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    Het Rozenhofje

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jul 11, 2011

    The buildings of Het Rozenhofje located at the Rozengracht were build in 1744, 1790 and 1884. The houses were destined for elderly protestant women.

    The courtyard can be visited at the National Monument day.

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    Jordaan

    by lina112 Written Mar 8, 2011

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    Its area is slightly more than 2 km and is a maze of small streets that give this area its special appeal. Above is famous for its hidden gardens, which once used to hang clothes or bleached in the sun and they do not like to talk much so that it retains its charm with the arrival of tourists. Its name comes from the word garden, which is quite likely if we realize the name of some of its streets, referring to flowers or plants.

    Su extensión es de algo mas de 2 km y es un laberinto de pequeñas calles que dan a esta zona su especial atractivo. Sobretodo tiene fama por sus jardines escondidos, que antaño se utilizaban para tender la ropa o blanquearlas al sol y de los que no les gusta hablar mucho para que no pierda su encanto con el llegar de los turistas. Su nombre procede de la palabra jardín, algo bastante probable si nos percatarnos del nombre de algunas de sus calles, referentes a flores o plantas.

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    Visit the JORDAAN.

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Feb 28, 2011

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    It's the place real Amsterdammers live.

    A good startpoint is a place the locals named The Johnny Jordaanplein (at the South of the middle of the Nine little streets).
    There you find the statues of the local singers Johnny Jordaan and Tante Leen and musicians Johnny Meijer and Manke Nelis.

    In 2010 a new statue was added: Bolle Jan and tante Mien; it was unveiled by their son Rene Froger (also a Dutch singer).

    In the nearby café you can sing along with the local Dutch songs.

    At the Westerkerk church (Singel canal side) a plaque of the famous singer Willy Alberti can be found.

    The statue of another famous Dutch singer, André Hazes, is not located in the Jordaan area, but at the Albert Cuyp street market in "De Pijp" city quarter.

    Tante Leen, J.Meijer, Bolle Jan & Mien, J. Jordaan Tante Leen, Johnny Meijer & Johnny Jordaan Willy Alberti In the heart of the Jordaan Tante Leen
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    Jordaanmuseum

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 26, 2010

    The "Stichting Jordaanmuseum" is collecting documentation and artifacts of the curtural heritage of the Jordaan city quarter. These collectables are used at exhibitions and are displayed permanently and the Jordaanmuseum.

    Hours: Daily: 10AM - 5PM

    Admission: € 3,00

    Walking tours: € 5,00

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    Jordaan Park off Prinsengracht

    by dustmon Written Sep 18, 2010

    There are 4 statues of famous folk singers including Johnny Jordaan and Tante Leon---check out the website if you are interested in details of these singers who detailed life in the Jordaan----sometimes they have free music or other entertainment here in the park during good weather on weekends---

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    Johnny Jordaan Plein (Square)

    by Britannia2 Written Aug 23, 2009

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    I knew of Johnny Jordaan and Tante Lien from listening to the radio from Holland many years ago. Not that I understood many of the words but listening to the music each time I was transported back to Amsterdam - there is no music like it in the English speaking world - accordions and earthy highly accented vocals and all I can describe as instantly recognisable Dutch melodies - you just know it comes from Holland. I suppose this is the equivalent of Jacques Brel and Paris or Ian Drury and London.
    So in the Jordaan area near Elandsgracht is a square dedicated to this singer and his band colleagues. If you are Dutch you will know of him and I doubt many non Dutch people know o him but if you want to listen to music that reminds you of Amsterdam search out his songs. All in Dutch of course but even if like me you do not understand the words it does not matter - its the feel of the music that matters.
    Slightly run down with litter everywhere and some shady looking young men hanging around but there is a busy street next to it and I was not worried.

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    An art district

    by Rita_ Written May 9, 2006

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    Nowadays the Jordaan is compared to the rest of the town an oasis of peace with a labyrinth of narrow streets and little canals, nice for strolling around courtyards, art studios, and monumental buildings with stone tablets, oldfashioned ‘brown’ pubs, boutiques or galleries.
    Hundreds of artist discovered the Jordaan in the 70th because of the low rent of houses in these little streets ...
    In one word: lovely!

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    The Jordaan

    by orlikins Written Apr 3, 2006

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    It is such a short walk from the city centre, I understand that it used to be a rough and ready working-class area but all I saw were local yuppies jogging around the narrow streets, listening to their iPods. :-) It is a residential district, but it has so much character & life to it. It is a good place to cycle around if you want to do that.

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    Hidden in the Jordaan.

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Sep 23, 2005

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    In the Theo Thijssen Museum you can see all about this Dutch writer, teacher, Trade Union Administrator and Social-Democratic politician (1873-1943). He is known by his book Kees de jongen.
    Furthermore the history of the Jordaan city quarter is on display.

    Visiting hours:
    Th - Su: 12AM - 5PM

    Admission: Euro 2.00

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    Jordaan

    by tini58de Updated Aug 18, 2005

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    A former working class area which has become very popular with well-to-do people as well! You will find a colorful mixture of original 'Jordanezen', students, business people and creatives. The area is amazing to stroll around: no major sights, just the atmosphere is great! Easygoing and peaceful, lots of bars, restaurants and interesting little shops.

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    Wandering the Jordaan area

    by welshwanderer Written Jan 30, 2005

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    The tranquil side of Amsterdam, away from the main touristc areas. It was just lovely getting lost amongst the canals and the narrow lanes. We spent time nosing into the little boutiques and quirky shops and taking plenty of pictures of the houses that are all higldy pigidly!

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    Walk through Virtual Amsterdam

    by davequ Updated Dec 27, 2004

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    If you enjoy Amsterdam as much as I do, then you may occasionally suffer from "A'Dam withdrawal."

    Here is not a cure but something that will help a little:

    Walking through virtual Amsterdam

    At this site, Harrie van der Haghen has created a true virtual walk through most of Amsterdam Center's streets.

    While not as large an area as covered by Channels.nl's "taxi", all blocks and angles are covered in photos. There are even different resolutions to choose based on your bandwidth to save time for dialup users.

    Using the link above I actually can walk from my A'Dam hotel on Gravenstraat, down or up Nieuwendijk from the Dam all the way to Centraal Station, through the Jordaan, etc. block-by-block, stop and look or walk in any direction.

    When I get the "I miss Amsterdam" blues, I can now virtually walk out my hotel door, down the small narrow street/alley behind Nieuwkerk to the Jordaan looking around and taking side trips as I like, just like I was there.

    Kind of a cool site,
    Not the real thing, but not bad.
    Check it out.

    Walkin' to the station
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    Oude Leliegracht

    by davequ Updated Dec 1, 2004

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    This is one of my favorite places to just sit and pass the time.

    Along the Prinsengracht, below the bridge over Oude Leliegracht, are some tables right on the canal. The cafe above it has servers that will come down and bring you anything you want in the way of koffie, drinks, broodjes, etc.

    It's very peaceful looking east down the small Leliegracht canal.

    Ducks and small boats paddle by quietly and almost everyone seems to understand this is a place to chill quietly and relax.

    I think they leave the ugly-coloured plastic chairs there because they are so awful no one will steal them. But the canal is beautiful and peaceful and the food & drinks are very good.

    Have a seat and chill out

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    Walking, eating, and drinking

    by Jackofhearts Written Nov 18, 2004

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    The Jordaan is one of Amsterdam's most beautiful areas. Much quieter than some of the more popular tourist spots, Jordaan has a variety of affordable restaurants and bars. There are a ton of cool shops here, and it is a perfect place to spend an afternoon walking or biking around.

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