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    Hidden chapel

    by Mique Written Feb 15, 2004

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    Hidden church

    During the 17th and 18th century it was forbidden for a certain religious group to build their churches and chapels on the public road. They often held their services in a private house or a hidden church. Like this one, first you see the that was the house of the clergyman and then the actual church.

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    Weighing House

    by Imaniac Written Jan 8, 2004

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    On the market square, where the Cheese Markets are in the summer, you'll see the weighing house. This particular building was built in 1778, but the markets have been around since the 16th century. The weighing house is open for visitors in the summer months. Inside you'll find a permanent exposition about how cheese is made.

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    Almhouses

    by Imaniac Written Jan 8, 2004

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    When you walk back from teh Big Church you should first cross the river. Then you'll see these almhouses. The big house was built in 1555 by some rich inhabitants of Edam. People still live in these houses.

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    Church Of Our Dear Lady

    by Imaniac Written Jan 8, 2004

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    The Church of our dear Lady is also known as the Small Church. It is famous for it's church bells. The fisrt bells date back to 1561, later more bells were acquired. You can visit the church every day, except wednesday from 10 to 5.

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    Big Church

    by Imaniac Written Jan 8, 2004

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    This enormous church is actually called Big Church. It was built in the 15th century. You can visit the church in the summer months from 2 to 4:30. Inside you'll find stained glass windows and an organ dating back to 1663.

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    City Hall

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    Inside the city hall you will find part of the Edam Museum and also the Tourist Information Office. Admission to the museum is 4 Euro. The City Hall was built in 1737, but is no longer in use as City Hall.

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    Edam Museum

    by Imaniac Written Jan 8, 2004

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    The building that houses the Edam Museum was built in 1550. There is a cellar that floats on water inside. he museum is opened in the summer from 10 to 5:30 and on sundays from 1 to 5:30, it is closed on mondays. Admission is 2 Euro.

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    the cheese market

    by margaretvn Written Jul 13, 2003

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    cheese market

    These are held in July and August on wednesdays.
    The town of Edam is surrounded by polder which is good farmland and for centuries cheese has been made here.
    The famous round cheese sold at cheese markets was already known in the 14th century and it was shipped out of Edam - hence its name EDAM cheese. The right to hold a market was given to Edam by Charles V of Habsburg to Edam in 1520. then 50 years later Prince William of Orange granted the everlasting right of "CHeese weighing house".
    At the cheese market you can see how the traders test the cheese by drilling a hole in it to deterine its quality and how they fix the price with the farmer. This is done by the old ritual of clapping hands. You also see how the bearers carry the cheeses to the scales in the "waag" so that the trader only pays for the wieght of cheese he has bought.

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    almhouses Edam

    by margaretvn Written Jul 13, 2003

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    Although you cannot go into these houses - they are worth looking at and they are on the way to the St Nicolas Church. Grietjes Dircks - Rembrandts mistress lived in one of the houses for some time. They were houses for the poor.

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    Rembrandts mistress?

    by margaretvn Written Jul 13, 2003

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    Grietje Dircks

    In the St Nicolas church is the grave of grietje Dircks - she is thought to have been Rembrandts mistress. It is a small stone on the floor of the church with only her name on it.
    By the way did you know how the term "stinking rich" came into being....
    The rich were buried in the church (poorer people were buried outside) and with the warm weather they began to smell! hence the term!

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    cheese church

    by margaretvn Written Jul 13, 2003

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    cheese church

    Go to the St Nicolas church before the 13th of September 2003 and see the biggest church of cheese. It is an attempt for a Guiness world record and a way to get money to save the church tower which is damaged by a beetle eating through it and to replace the big bell.
    Every week the cheeses have to be turn by hand because with the warm wqeather they get very soft and change shape.
    for more information see:
    www.kerkvankaas.nl

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    St Nicolas church

    by margaretvn Written Jul 13, 2003

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    This church, which was built in 1413-1625 is the largest hall church in europe. It is 90 metres long and it dominates the town's northern fortress. The stained glass windows are so beautiful and many are original Renaissance.

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    Bridges of Edam

    by Willem_oa Written Sep 3, 2002

    Edam has several canals which are crossed by beautiful white lifting bridges. You're bound to encounter several on a stroll around town.

    My favorite bridges are on the Oosterkade, in the Eastern end of Edam.

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    The Lutherian church

    by Mique Written Feb 15, 2004

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    Luterian church

    Build in between the houses in the city centre, you find this church. Constructed between 1739 and 1741.

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    The town hall

    by Mique Written Feb 15, 2004

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    The town hall

    The town hall also houses the tourist information office.

    In winertime be aware that the tourist information office has limited opening hours.

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