Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam

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    NIEUWMARKT/WAAG

    by zuriga Updated Mar 17, 2005

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    This is an interesting square to explore.. after your leisurely stroll through the nearby Redlight District. The Waag in the center was once used by guilds as a storehouse and Rembrandt did one of his most famous paintings in this spot. There are lots of cafes and places to rest nearby.

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    Nieuwmarkt in the oldest Amsterdam area

    by Roggeveen Written Mar 7, 2006

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    De Waag

    Very much alive. In the middle of the red light district. This area is not only famous for the red lights, but is also an area with a rich maritime history. De waag is a former part of the city walls and was later used as an independent service for standard weights.

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    F/32 Statue for Bredero

    by ATLC Written Feb 25, 2003

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    STATUE IN HONOUR OF WRITER BREDERO

    Gerbrand Adriaenszoon Bredero was a Dutch writer who lived 1585-1618.

    Dutch dramatist and poet. He is considered the major Dutch poet of his generation, particularly for his spontaneous love sonnets. The first Dutch master of comedy, Bredero was an important innovator; he drew upon classical elements as well as Renaissance models. His masterpiece, De Spaansche Brabander (1617, tr. The Spanish Brabanter, 1982), is a realistic comedy of Amsterdam life and reveals the influence of Spanish romanticism. Bredero's work was collected in three volumes in 1890.
    (text from website).

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    F/33 Nieuw Markt and De Waag

    by ATLC Written Feb 25, 2003

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    AMSTERDAM DE WAAG ON NIEUW MARKT

    We walked up to De Waag (the Weigh building) from behind and at first couldn't think what it could be. Anyway, it is a restaurant nowadays.
    But of course, we were on the Nieuw Markt (New Market) so a weighing house there is logical.
    These days, the Nieuw Markt houses an organic market with special farm produce.

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    F/34 Nieuw Markt and De Waag 2

    by ATLC Written Feb 25, 2003

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    AMSTERDAM DE WAAG ON NIEUW MARKT

    Better view of the market. The VT group dispersed as everyone was hungry and got themselves something to eat at the various stalls.
    Cuckoo bought some organic bread with raisins but it was too large to eat it all and she ended up walking around all day with a crumpled paper bag that didn't fit anywhere but her hand!

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    F/35 Fish stall

    by ATLC Written Feb 25, 2003

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    VT-ERS MUNCH AWAY AT THE FISH STALL

    The Dutch eat a lot of fish and that's where we all ended: at the fish stall. Even after the ever-hungry AC_spotter had finished his French fries!
    We bought buns with herring, salmon or fish nuggets, freshly cooked.
    I watched in wonder as an old lady stood there for ages and just chatted to the fishmonger while she held her grocery bags firmly. On and on she talked and the fishmonger just listened patiently (or not!). But he did answer occassionally in a friendly way (I would've been irritated long ago) while he helped his customers.

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    Niewe Markt

    by tini58de Updated Aug 18, 2005

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    Waag/Niewe Markt

    In the Nieuwmarkt you will find the building with the seven towers. This used to be the St. Antonius gate of the city fortress in 1488. Later, in the period from 1617-1819 the town weighbridge stood here and in the upper storeys there were different guild rooms.

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    Antiques and souvenirs flea market

    by Birsen Updated Jul 10, 2010

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    Great antiques and friendly sellers

    On Sunday morning around 11 am we found this little rastro (flea market). I really liked it I got a collectable item of KLM' numbered houses (they are 90 of them each one has filled with genebre drink) the vendor was such a nice person. My friend got from him a lots of porcelen and glass antiques, he gave us very good discount. I also got antique old Amsterdam postcards here.
    On Sundays, an antiques market goes on from 9 to 5 (May-Sept.).

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    Nieuwmarkt

    by xiquinho Updated Nov 10, 2004

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    Nieuwmarkt

    New Market. Home to the striking Waag gatehouse -- where Rembrandt came to watch Professor Tulp in action before painting The Anatomy Lesson -- and also some of the most festive holiday celebrations in town, the Nieuwmarkt has been a marketplace since the 15th century. In those days, de Waag -- or Sint Antoniespoort (St. Anthony's Port) as it was then known -- formed a gateway in the city defenses. It was not until 17th-century expansion that the current form of Nieuwmarkt was established and farmers from the province of Noord-Holland began setting up stalls to make it a bustling daily market. The Kruidenwinkel van Jacob Hooy & Co. (Kloveniersburgwal 12), Amsterdam's oldest medicinal herb and spice shop, and a small row of vegetable stalls are the only vague reminders of those times.Before the 1796 Civil Liberties Act, when Jews were restricted from most trades, many took up street entertainment and Nieuwmarkt evolved into a favored location for many fairs and circuses complete with acrobat, horse, and freak shows. Nieuwmarkt still maintains these festive roots, especially on Chinese New Year, as the area forms the heart of the city's modestly sized China Town (that is, until New China Town, envisioned as a mini-Singapore, arises in the next years to the east of Centraal Station), which extends down Zeedijk and Binnen Bantammerstraat. The community originates from a 1911 seafarers' strike that motivated the hiring of Chinese sailors from England and Hong Kong. Many more came via Suriname after its 1975 independence from Dutch colonial rule. A slightly more curious celebration is the medieval-rooted Hartjes Dag ("Heart Day") in August, which involves that holy trinity of alcohol, firecrackers, and cross-dressing.

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    Nieuwmarkt

    by ophiro Written Feb 4, 2013

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    The Nieuwmarkt , which means "the new market" , is a square close to the red light district and Amsterdam's chinatown.

    In the middle of the square you can see the building called "the waag" and there are nice coffeeshops around.

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    Nieuwmarkt

    by June.b Written Jun 19, 2010

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    The "New Market" square is of course a market area. But there are several cafes around the square and lots of people sitting on the cafes people-watching. The De Waag which is the prominent structure on the square used to be a gate of the medieval city walls - now it's an office for the Waag Society (waag means weighing scale?).

    I passed by an organic food market also...what's organic food by the way?

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    Beautiful architecture

    by annieruel Updated Sep 24, 2002

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    Nieuwmarkt place

    Le lieu à voir dans la ville est la place de Nieuwmarkt, cette fabuleuse construction à côté des marchés et du canal m'a marquée.
    The place to be seen in the city is Nieuwmarkt's place, this fabulous construction next to markets and to canal marked me.
    Je l'a trouve unique et très secrète.
    I looked it, I found it unique and very secret.

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    Baruch Spinoza Statue

    by ophiro Written Feb 4, 2013

    Very close to Nieuwmarkt , in Zwanenburgwal , there is a big statue made by Dutch sculptor Nicolas Dings.

    The statue is in honour of the famous 17th century Amsterdam Jewish-Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza.
    Baruch Spinoza (1632 – 1677) was known for his ideas about freedom , tolerance mainly about religion.

    Because of hid ideas he was banned from the synagogue.

    He is also known by the name Benedict de Spinoza.

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