DAM SQUARE (Amsterdam)
Dam Square or the dam (Dutch: de Dam), is a town square in the Dutch capital: Amsterdam. Is a special location that has many important buildings and it is one of the most famous yet important locations of the city.
Dam Square was made in the 13th century around the Amstel River. Its development objective is to prevent the Zuiderzee bay floods Amsterdam, damaging and endangering the population. Based on its function as a dam is which the name ‘Dam’ gotten. For centuries De Dam continues to grow, the exotic buildings began to surround it, a variety of activities often held there, and in the 1960s it became a gathering place for hippies.
The Dam Square approximately has a rectangular shape, stretching about 200 meters from west to east and about 100 meters from north to south. This location connects the streets Damrak and Rokin.
Street artists is one of the entertainments at the Dam Square. Each spring visitors can see the carnival and rides The colorful Ferris wheel. Many street artists perform unique attractions in the summer, so did with the pantomime players who love to surprise people, especially the tourists. Because of the popularity of De Dam, we even have to queue long to sit and dine in the café and restaurant operating there.
At the Dam Square there is a National Monument that directly opposite the Royal Palace. Royal Palace is one of the most famous palace in the Netherlands.
Dam Square also surrounded by many malls, churches and restaurants. At the Dam Square there are many people gather and feed the bird. If there is a special events then the Dam Square will be crowded by people. If you want to buy unique things from Netherland such as clock or a branded bag, you can stop at the mall De Bijenkorf that located close to the National Monument. During a visit to Dam Square you also can buy souvenirs of Dutch as there are some shops selling interesting stuffs.
Pictures of Dam Square