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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.
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    www.kerkvankaas.nl

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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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    the cheese market

    by margaretvn Written Jul 13, 2003

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    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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    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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    A stroll through Edam

    by goodfish Updated Jan 9, 2012

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    The #1 thing to do in Edam is explore - and they make this easy with an inexpensive booklet entitled "A Stroll through Edam" (2.50 euro at time of this writing) which may be purchased at the tourism office in the town hall located in Dam Square. Starting at the square, the walk provides fun history and architectural lessons as it guides you about the old, beautifully preserved heart of the original town. I'll cover some of the more interesting things we saw along the way in separate reviews. With a visit to the church, the walk should take about 2 and 1/2 hours.

    The tourism office doesn't open until 10:00 AM (closed on Sundays) so if you arrive early, go have coffee and a sweet at the bakery while you wait or use the time to play with your camera: there is plenty to point a lens at! Guided walking tours are also available through the office: you can find info on them here.

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    CHEESE WEIGH HOUSE & CHEESE MARKET

    by balhannah Written Jul 6, 2009

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    Cheese weigh house

    This building dates back to 1778. Inside the shop is a big variety of different cheese made from different milk. Sheep, Goat, Smoked cheese, Cheese from different parts of the world. Edam Cheese got its name because it was made on the Farms in this part of Holland, and also because the recipe originated in Edam. Cheese Factories put the Cheese Farms out of business.
    EVERY SUMMER, there are 8 Cheese markets held here.
    You will see the Cheese being transported here by Boat or Horse drawn cart as in the olden days. The Cheese is then unloaded by special Cheese Carriers, and then the Traders will drill holes in it to determine the quality and price. The Cheese bearers carry it to the scales in the Cheese Weigh House on a Handbarrow to be weighed.

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    Damplein (Dam Square)

    by goodfish Updated Jan 11, 2012

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    This is the heart of Edam, and the big hump you'll see spanning the canal was once a dam with locks controlling inland water levels. Those have been gone since 1829 and the construction of larger sea locks but the overarching structure of the damsluis remains. The square itself dates to 1624 and around the perimeter are several historic buildings of interest:

    Photo 2: The Town Hall (Staduis): a bit of French among the more traditional Dutch architecture, the hall was built in 1737 and displays the symmetry, central focus and large windows of Louis XIV styling. The Magistrate's court was here and still utilized as a place for young couples to say their "I do's." On the front on the building is an iron pillory and neck ring once used for securing naughty folks. The hall houses the village's tourism center and it's here that you can pick up your copy of "A Stroll through Edam."

    Photo 3: This former post office (voormalig postkantoor) was designed by architect Cornelis Peters, who also designed the old Central Post Office (now Magna shopping mart) in Amsterdam. This one echoes some of that larger structure's neo-Renaisaance styling.

    Photo 4: This former merchant's residence is the oldest brick house in town (1530-40) and has an interesting floating cellar that could rise and fall with ground water levels. It was restored around the turn of the century by architect Pierre Cuypers of Amsterdam's Centraal Station and Rijksmuseum fame, and is now a museum.

    Photo 5: Top of the former damsluis and some of the buildings around the square. My main photo is also of the damsluis.

    There are some little shops to browse along both sides of the canal as well, and the outdoor terrace of L'Auberge Damhotel for an expensive but nice lunch or a beverage right across from the Town Hall.

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    TEA HOUSES

    by balhannah Written Jul 5, 2009

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    I have tried to find some information about the Tea Houses because I want to know more. I have come up with very little. All I found, was they were built by the rich to have afternoon tea in. They really are lovely, and you should go for a walk down the canal past them. Hope its a nice day for lovely reflections.

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    City Hall

    by balhannah Updated Jul 5, 2009

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    City Hall

    The City Hall was built in 1737. If you walk inside, on the left, you will find what was once the Magistrates court which is now used for Marriages, its open to the Public. The Hall is built in a Louis XIV style, outside and inside (the staircase) If you look above the doorway, you will see the Edam Coat of Arms.

    This is also where you will find the Tourist Information centre.

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    Carillon, Almhouses, Old Cemetery, Canals & MORE

    by balhannah Written Jul 6, 2009

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    These are a few of my favorite things!!! Actually, they are a few of the interesting sights I saw on my walks around Edam. Edam is only a town of approx 7500 people so it is not big to walk around which means the sights are near to each other. It is worth it, you see all sorts, and some delightful homes & shops. Easy walking, no hills!

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    GALLERY/MUSEUM - ARTIMARE

    by balhannah Written Jul 5, 2009

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    This building was designed by a C.P.Peters, who just happened to be, the same person who was responsible for building the main Post Office in Amsterdam. In "Artimare" you will find the Mermaid of Edam. Inside you will find an Art Gallery and Images on display. It wasn't open when I was there.
    Their website will give more information if you wish to arrange a visit.

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    DUTCH HOME - MADE LOLLIES & CHOCOLATES

    by balhannah Updated Jul 6, 2009

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    On my walk around Edam, I come across this delightful Lolly shop. I looked in the window and was enticed inside. There was a huge selection to choose from, so I bought some chocolates and a few bags of lollies to take home for gifts. The lady told me that they were home-made, not factory produced, these were the ones I bought.

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    Canals of Edam

    by Martin_S. Written Dec 21, 2006

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    We enjoyed for the most part just walking around the village/town of Edam. The bridges over the canals make for some nice photo shots and a good place to stop for a breather before you are off to see the Cheese Market.
    But don't look under the small bridges, you can see in the second picture that the canals are NOT very clean, woe to anyone who falls into them.

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    Shipbuilder's Dike

    by goodfish Updated Jan 11, 2012

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    Schepenmakersdijk, the route we took to-and-from the bus stop, parallels a pretty canal lined with beautiful homes and lovely gardens. The two nearest little Kwakel bridge - where you want to turn left to the Carillon or Dam Square - were Mayor's houses and each has a charming little teahouse perched on the edge of the water.

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    A song in the air

    by goodfish Written Jan 11, 2012

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    The church that this tower (Speeltoren) was once attached to is long gone but the bells still tinkle out a song every 15 minutes. The structure dates from the 15th/16th century, and its bells from 1566. They are operated electronically except for special events when a carillonneur will play its interesting keyboard arrangement of wooden levers by hand. Unlike church bells which are swung against clappers, a carillon's bells remain in place and wires attached to the levers move the clappers against the side of bell instead. The Netherlands is famous for carillons, having more of them than any other country in the world!

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