Seventeenth-century canal ring area
Amsterdam on Unesco list
The historic urban ensemble of the canal district of Amsterdam was a project for a new ‘port city’ built at the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th centuries. It comprises a network of canals to the west and south of the historic old town and the medieval port that encircled the old town and was accompanied by the repositioning inland of the city’s fortified boundaries, the Singelgracht. This was a long-term programme that involved extending the city by draining the swampland, using a system of canals in concentric arcs and filling in the intermediate spaces. These spaces allowed the development of a homogeneous urban ensemble including gabled houses and numerous monuments. This urban extension was the largest and most homogeneous of its time. It was a model of large-scale town planning, and served as a reference throughout the world until the 19th century.
I AMSTERDAM website from the city
The year 2013 was a very special year for Amsterdam. Look out for a line-up of spectacular events to celebrate some very remarkable milestones.
In addition to marking the 400-year anniversary of the Canal Ring, Amsterdam will also be celebrating the re-opening of the fully renovated Rijksmuseum; the 125th anniversary of the Concertgebouw (concert hall) and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; the 225th anniversary of Felix Meritis; and the 175th anniversary of Artis Royal Zoo.