This is one of three versions of the origin of the term ‘Red Light District’ The picture on the left is a good illustration of the dualistic nature of this area.
The sculpture above the door shows, that Maarten Harpertsz Tromp lived here.
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Amsterdam is the only historic city in the world, where the medieval centre is not a museum area. The first Hanseatic harbour was here in the Middle Ages, which was also a centre for social activities.
But the term ‘Red light district’ dates from the protestant 17th century.
Work on the ships that brought all the wealth to the city was dangerous.
A rich Catholic merchant who lived only a few houses away from the Old Church, built a complete catholic church in the attic of his house.
This secret second St Nicolas Church is now a museum, named “Our dear Lord in the attic” The museum is also interesting because the interior of the merchant’s house below the church is one of the three last remaining original 17th century canal house interiors.Today we have 220 ‘coffee shops’ for soft drugs in the city and the policy has had some success.Even though Amsterdam is internationally known as ‘drugs capital’, the local hard drug problems are among the lowest in any Western European city. construction started around 1300 and continued for more than 200 years. Nicolas Church’, after the patron saint of the city and of the sailors. On the first floor, left of the main entrance, you see the only window in the church that has steel bars.In the Middle Ages, Amsterdam looked a lot more like Venice.Most of the houses on the banks of the canals stood in the water like here on the Oudezijds Kolk.» Red Light District Canals In the twelfth century, a nameless fishing village was formed near the mouth of the river Amstel, on the shore of the Southern Sea.