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Athenaeum Illustre

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Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 231, 1012 EZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Baroque gate

The stone archway (Vredeman de Vries, 1571), these days guarding the entrance to the old Agnieten chapel, was moved from the old city carpentry yard, located at the Nieuwe... read more

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The stone archway (Vredeman de Vries, 1571), these days guarding the entrance to the old Agnieten chapel, was moved from the old city carpentry yard, located at the Nieuwe Doelenstraat, to this location, in 1631, around the foundation of the Amsterdam "Illustrious" school, the University of Amsterdam's predecessor. Pretty sandstone and brick archway with reliefs of lions heads and a... More 

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Reviewed 27 December 2014

It is now a monument, one of 50 things in amsterdam that had very important meaning and development in the history of Amsterdam. It was a city-sponsored 'illustrous school' in the old Agnieten chapel. The chapel is the only remains of the Agnietenmonastery. It was predecessor to the University of Amsterdam and now is part of the university. The beautiful... More 

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Staying in Red Light District (De Wallen)

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to view some of the city’s most picturesque canals, historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples of traditional local architecture – not to mention Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some less salubrious activities drawing the curious to this age-old part of time. Nevertheless, the Red Light District is still a very safe and incredibly fascinating area where at the turn of a corner you can be transported from the dingy glow of modern day neon red to a glorious 16th century Delft blue dreamscape.
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