- Nancy F.
The Port of Amsterdam is a seaport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The port is located on the bank of a bay named IJ and the North Sea Canal, with which it is connected to the North Sea. The port was first used in the 13th century and was one of the main ports of the Dutch East India Company in the 17th century. Today, the Port of Amsterdam is the second largest port in the Netherlands, the largest being the Port of Rotterdam. Visiting Amsterdam remains a unique experience, just like a cruise. The historical city centre is a world heritage site and compact living museum where everything is within walking distance, from the diamond cutters to the world famous museums and art galleries. And Amsterdam outside the 'canal ring' also offers fascinating sights, beautiful excursions and rich history.
The city's layout is determined by a web of canals. The historical centre, which dates from the thirteenth century, is girdled by five concentric canals – the Grachtengordel – dug in the seventeenth century as part of a planned expansion to create a uniquely elegant urban environment. It is here that the city's merchant class built their grand mansions, typified by tall, gracefully decorated gables, whose fine proportions are reflected in the still, olive-green waters below.
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