The House with the Huge Noses, Amsterdam

The canal-side building at Oudezijds Voorburgwal 232 in Amsterdam was built in 1626 as commissioned by Pieter Parys.

The coat of arms topping the gable depicts the alliance between the builder, the trader Jan-Frederik Mamouchette and his wife Catherina van Heusden.

Some view the remarkably large noses as a charicature, perhaps in reference to a play on words — Ma Mouchette roughly meaning ‘my trunk.’

Others see it as a reference to the Saracen due to trade relations that existed between this house and merchants in Palestine.

In other words, no one is sure what the noses are in reference to.

The building was restored between 1993 and 1997.

Amsterdam: Brouwersgracht / Binnen Oranjestraat

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Houses at the corner of Brouwersgracht and Binnen Oranjestraat.

When you view the photo is a larger size you’ll notice how crooked the house at the corner is. It’s been like that for as long as I can remember, but more recently experts have warned that changes in the Dutch climate have lead to lower ground water levels, which in turn causes some historic houses in Amsterdam to subside.