A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
027: View on a canal
Amsterdam is world famous for its canals. More than 100 km of canals are found in the center; no less than 1500 bridges connect the land and the almost 100 islands. In 2010, part of this canal area, the so-called Canal Belt, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The canal system is one of the early examples of urban planning. One of the main canals, the Singel, had a defensive purpose, whereas three other principal canals – Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keizersgracht – had residential purposes. The canals were used for water control and for transport. Even now, the canals are used for commercial boat trips, and for transportation of many products, including flowers and beer.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2010, 2017