Amsterdam: the canal belt

This is the crossing of the Leidsegracht canal and the Keizersgracht canal , the canal belt in central Amsterdam.  

Where is it located? 

The Leidsegracht and Keizersgracht s are located in the Centrum district of the city of Amsterdam.  

Particularities 

When weather conditions permit, the Keizersgracht canal is transformed into a giant ice rink. A speed skating race, the Keizersrace , is also organized and the winner is given the name “Emperor of Amsterdam”.

History 

These canals were used in the days of the Dutch Golden Age (1600 - 1700), mainly to transport goods in warehouses, which today have become beautiful homes. 

The Leidsegracht was named after the city of Leiden. It was designed for the city's third expansion plan and constituted the southern border between 1615 and 1658. 

The Keizersgracht , named in honor of Emperor Maximilian I , is the third of the four concentric canals that make up the Grachtengordel district . Considered to be one of the city's main canals, it was dug in the 17th century, 2.8 kilometers in length and is considered to be the widest canal in central Amsterdam , with an average of 28.31 meters .  

Photography

In the photograph we can see the Leidsegracht bridge above the Keizersgra cht canal , with a big blue sky and trees with autumn colors. 

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