There is a house on the canal in old Amsterdam
Where I came to grandmother as a boy of eight
Now a strange gentleman is in the room
And that wonderful attic also became an office
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The Dutch capital Amsterdam is famous for its unique canals. The 17th century canals with the main canals and a piece of surrounding area have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List on 1 August 2010.
Amsterdam is just about the wateriest city in the world: its canals and harbors cover as much as a quarter of its surface.
It is precisely the waterways that have always been the source of prosperity.
The Herengracht is considered the most important canal in Amsterdam. In the 17th century, the richest merchants and the most influential regents and mayors of the city lived on this canal. An address on the Herengracht is still seen as prestigious. The official residence of the mayor is at number 502 on this canal
The Keizersgracht is the middle of the three main canals, named after Emperor Maximilian of Austria. With a width of 31 meters it is the widest canal in the city center. Simultaneously with the Herengracht and the Prinsengracht the construction started in 1612. Originally a wide boulevard without water was planned, but the future residents wanted water at their door so that they could reach their house by boat.
The Prinsengracht is the third and outermost of the three main canals in Amsterdam
Together these three canals form the "fourth interpretation" of the city, an expansion project that started in 1612 and was completed 50 years later. After the completion of the project, the city had become four times as big. During the 17th century the population of Amsterdam grew from 50,000 to 200,000 inhabitants, making Amsterdam the third largest city in the world after London and Paris. In 2009, the Amsterdam canals were placed on the World Heritage list.