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NIEUWE ZIJDE

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t The charming houses of Begijnhof

Experience Nieuwe Zijde

The western side of medieval Amsterdam was known as the Nieuwe Zijde (New Side). Together with the Oude Zijde it formed the heart of the early maritime settlement. As Amsterdam grew, it expanded eastwards, leaving large sections of the Nieuwe Zijde neglected and in decline. With its many wooden houses, the city was prone to fires and in 1452 much of the area was burnt down. Surprisingly, this event reinvigorated the Nieuwe Zijde. During rebuilding, ...

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