Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal

street in Amsterdam

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Geographical coordinates: 52.370278 4.889722

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English Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal

The Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal is a street in the centre of Amsterdam. The street runs more or less north-south, and the Raadhuisstraat runs west.

The street name means 'New Side Front Bastion Wall'. In the 14th century, the city of Amsterdam was equally divided in two parts, each at one side of the River Amstel. To defend the city against intruders, a canal with a bastion wall (burgwal) was built. The burgwal protecting the oldest of the two sides was called the Old Side Bastion Wall. The bastion wall at the new side was called the New Side Bastion Wall. When in 1385 a new bastion wall was built with a canal – behind the old bastion walls – those were now called New Side Behind Bastion Wall and Old Side Behind Bastion Wall. The original bastion walls were then renamed as New Side Front Bastion Wall and Old Side Front Bastion Wall. In Dutch, these names are often written as one word, hence the extraordinarily long names for these four canal streets: Nieuwezijdsachterburgwal, Nieuwezijdsvoorburgwal, Oudezijdsvoorburgwal and Oudezijdsachterburgwal. When the canals of the bastion walls at the new side were filled in, the Nieuwezijdsachterburgwal was renamed as Spuistraat. Nieuwezijdsvoorburgwal kept its name.

The Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal contains a number of famous buildings, including the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, the Nieuwe Kerk, the Amsterdams Historisch Museum and the former main post office which is now the Magna Plaza. Dutch psychiatrist Tina Strobos, who rescued over 100 Jewish refugees from the Holocaust during World War II, lived with her family at 282 Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal. To the east is a series of small alleys.

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French Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal

Le Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal est une artère urbaine de la ville d'Amsterdam.

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Italian Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal è una strada nel centro di Amsterdam.

Il nome della strada significa "bastione murato di fronte al lato nuovo" e l'origine del nome è dovuta al fatto che nel XIV secolo Amsterdam era divisa in due parti uguali, ciascuna su un lato del fiume Amstel. Per difendere la città dai nemici venne costruito un canale con un bastione murato (burgwal).

Il burgwal che proteggeva il più antico dei due lati era chiamato "bastione murato del lato vecchio" mentre quello a protezione del lato nuovo venne chiamato "bastione murato dell lato nuovo".

Su Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal si affacciano numerosi edifici famosi, tra cui il Palazzo Reale, la Nieuwe Kerk, l'Amsterdams Historisch Museum e l'ex ufficio postale principale che oggi è sede del centro commerciale Magna Plaza.

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located on streetNieuwe Kerk
located on streetMagna Plaza
located on streetNieuwezijds Voorburgwal 282, Amsterdam
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