Amsterdam From Above

Convening form and function, Amsterdam's canals defend the city as much as they highlight its beauty.

Aerial View Of Amsterdam

Besides forming an aesthetically appealing design, Amsterdam’s canals served a more functional purpose as they provided an apt means of defense, transportation and water development. Crafted at the height of immigration in the 17th century, city planners developed a canal-based organizational system comprising four concentric half-circles, three of which were used solely for residential development. Unfortunately, the original plans have been lost so historians are left to speculate the original drafters’ intentions.

Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox is the Managing Editor of All That Is Interesting. She holds a Master's Degree in International Relations, and works as a reporter/producer for DNAinfo.
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