Posted by: danielfee | July 29, 2013

Travel Photo of the Day 07-29-2013

Canals of Amsterdam

Singel Canal in Amsterdam

Houseboats on Amsterdam's Canans

Houseboats on Amsterdam’s Canals

The Singel Canal looks like many of the other waterways in Amsterdam but it is the most historic canal in the city. From its construction in the early 15th century until the late 16th century, the Singel marked the city’s limits. The former city belt (originally called Cingle, meaning belt) was the city’s defensive moat. Then in 1586 the city council decided to build quays along the west bank and converted the moat into a canal for large ships. Thus it became the first of Amsterdam’s concentric canal and its curved shape established the horseshoe layout of the city. Once the railways came along, canal transport became less important and the Singel Canal began to take on a residential character. Today many of the city’s canals are lined with houseboats.





  1. I went to Amsterdam at the beginning of the year, and was shocked at some of the houseboats! They really are just floating houses, rather than canal boats as I thought they’d be. I don’t know about you, but I was also a little disappointed at the floating flower market on the Singel Canal – I had expected for it to be more freestanding I think. Lovely city though 🙂

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