View from the Armbrug

Amsterdam, Netherlands

One of the most sketched, painted and photographed views in Amsterdam.

Pictured from the Armbrug, which in the middle ages was also referred to as ‘Provicials bridge’ — this because paintings of the view from this spot were used to draw provincials to Amsterdam.

The houses on the right are located at Zeedijk (literally: sea dike) — one of Amsterdam’s oldest streets. Constructed at the start of the 13th century it protected young Amsterdam against flooding from the sea.

The backs of these houses are standing in the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal.

The boat is pointing to Kolksluis, one of Amsterdam’s oldest, still functioning locks dating from the Middle Ages. The lock is at the head of Oudezijds Kolk.