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Amsterdam - View of the City, c. 1670

Amsterdam - View of the City, c. 1670 Geography Medieval Times Visual Arts

This engraving depicts a view of Amsterdam, circa 1670.  It includes the Oude Kerk (Amsterdam's old church) which had beautiful stained-glass windows even then.

The image also depicts the Bierkaai, situated near the Old Church. It was the place where imported beer (mostly from Germany) was brought ashore. The Bierkaai included not only the quay but also the alleys and streets near the quay.

A common expression (first in Dutch, then in other languages) apparently originated in this part of Amsterdam. The men and boys who worked in the Bierkaai were very strong (from all the hard work and lifting they had to do). If men and boys from other parts of town fought against them, it was said that they were “fighting a losing battle.”

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Media Credits

Image online, courtesy OnzeTaal ("Our Language"), a Dutch-language website.

 

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