Between Zwanenburgwal, Amstel, Houtgracht and Leprozengracht (the latter two lay, where the Waterlooplein is now) the people of Amsterdam reclaimed at the end of the 16th century a piece of land that was named Vlooienburg. The name does not refer to fleas, but to the fact that the ground in the early years was flooded […]

Amsterdam’s churches – Mozes en Aäronkerk

The Mozes en Aäronkerk Right across the street from the Ashkenazy and Portuguese synagogues stands the Mozes en Aäronkerk on Waterlooplein, which was built as a Roman Catholic Church in neo-classic style by the architect Tieleman Franciscus Suys between 1837 and 1841 and dedicated to its patron saint St. Anthony of Padua.   Drawing of […]

Amsterdam’s painters – Rembrandt van Rijn, part 2

 Selfportrait from 1630   Saskia van Uylenburgh Rembrandt married Saskia van Uylenburgh in 1633 and bought a house in the Sint Antoniesbreestraat, now Jodenbreestraat 4. In this house from the 17th century he lived and worked from 1639 till 1658. Today it’s known as the Rembrandt house and is a museum. Rembrandt and Saskia had four […]

Amsterdam’s painters – Rembrandt van Rijn, part 1

Rembrandt van Rijn was born in Leiden on July 15th 1606 and died in Amsterdam on October 4th 1669 While Amsterdam’s wealth grew in the 17th century, its cultural activities grew to unprecedented heights. Painters were attracted from far away by the possibility of getting paid well for their work, by the thriving market and […]