Amsterdam may not be the birthplace of the Renaissance (that honor is most commonly attributed to Florence, Italy), but the centuries old city certainly experienced a revitalization of epic proportions during the 17th century, considered it’s “Golden Age.” The city was known as a center for Europe’s free press, and also a bastion of religious tolerance. And as Europe’s most important shipping center, it became the wealthiest city in the world (as well as its financial center). In the early part of this century, when immigration was at its peak, the city developed its current canal system of 4 concentric half-circles, which remains essentially intact, hundreds of years later.
Subsequent centuries saw declines in Amsterdam, both in wealth and population (not unlike the plight of Oakland, albeit much later in the 20th century, post WWII).
When we emerged from the Amsterdam Central train station near our short-term apartment, this is what the station looked like…
And a huge Shepard Fairey installation was set up on some temporary construction walls right outside…
I’m in heaven!!!
Greeting from Oaksterdam (ok, Deep, Deep South Berkeley),
Wow, not quite the scenery you see when exiting the MacArthur BART station. Shepard Fairey must be in the (international) air or something because it seem like he keep coming up. Have a great time in Amsterdam!!!
p.s. I like the Renaissance theme of your recent posts.