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In the early 1400s the Oude Zijde began an up the Geldersekade to Nieuwmarkt, eastward expansion which continued where goods were weighed at the into the 17th century. This growth was Waag before being sold at the market. SIGHTS AT A GLANCE Historic Buildings and Monuments Agnietenkapel 5 Montelbaanstoren u Oostindisch Huis 7 Oudemanhuispoort 6 Pintohuis y Scheepvaarthuis i Schreierstoren o Trippenhuis 8 Waag 2 Museums Streets and Markets Hash Marijuana Hemp Museum 4 Joods Historisch Museum pp64–5 r Museum Het Rembrandthuis 0 Nieuwmarkt 3 Red Light District 1 Waterlooplein w Zeedijk p Churches and Synagogues GETTING THERE The best way to reach the Oude Zijde is to get a tram to the Dam (trams 4, 9, 14, 16, 24 and 25) and then walk along Damstraat.

Amsterdam’s ships became commercial cargo carriers and by the mid-18th century, the city was the world’s financial capital. Tolerance prevailed and the city was flooded with immigrants, including Jews from all across Europe. Dissatisfaction with the ruling House of Orange intensified; although Prussian troops crushed a Patriot uprising in 1787, the Patriots established a shortlived republic, with French backing, only to see Napoleon take over, making his brother Silver Torah finials (see p64) Louis king of the Netherlands.

For more information on museums see pages 42–3. Amsterdams Historisch Museum A wealth of historical information is on display here. Once an orphanage, it is depicted in Governesses at the Burgher Orphanage (1683) by Adriaen Backer. 1730), is held at the Rijksmuseum. The main building is closed for renovation until 2013 (see p130). Central Canal Ring Museum Quarter Stedelijk Museum Gerrit Rietveld’s simple Steltman chair (1963) is one of many exhibits at this ever-changing contemporary art museum.

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