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article imagePhoto Essay: Amsterdam, tapestry of old and new architecture Special

Amsterdam - Unlike Hongkong, Montreal and a few other cities, Amsterdam does not have an internationally known and recognized skyline. Instead, the Dutch capital is more like a tapestry where sometimes the architecture is very modern, then again charmingly old.
Like many a city that hasn't been fully destroyed by one war or another, Amsterdam consists of a rather old city center where the houses feature the famed facades and typically Dutch gables; often arranged in rows along one of the many canals. In other parts of the city, equally old yet more solid looking, those who stroll through the city will find mansions and villa's that now house embassies, lawyers, publishers and many a well-known TV personality.
These and a few other parts, for example Museum Square with its three world-famous musea plus the Concert Hall, is what most people who visit the city get to see. While Museum Square has seen a few restyling efforts and is now a mix of the old and the new, there are places where the expanding city has been allowed to become a playground for modern architects and designers.
Walking through the older city center. Dutch gables at the  New Market
Walking through the older city center. Dutch gables at the 'New Market'
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Walking through the older city  one finds houses that not really straight anymore.
Walking through the older city, one finds houses that not really straight anymore.
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Typical suspension bridge for pedestrians and bicycles only.
Typical suspension bridge for pedestrians and bicycles only.
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Typical Dutch windmill right in Amsterdam s center. Today it s a small and specialized brewery.
Typical Dutch windmill right in Amsterdam's center. Today it's a small and specialized brewery.
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Some of the city s canals have been set aside for so-called house-boats where people live throughout...
Some of the city's canals have been set aside for so-called house-boats where people live throughout the year.
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The old clock at Central Station evokes memories of Venice.
The old clock at Central Station evokes memories of Venice.
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Replica of an old VOC ship the Dutch used to travel to Japan and Indonesia.
Replica of an old VOC ship the Dutch used to travel to Japan and Indonesia.
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New architecture: NEMO  a technology museum in the form of a half sunken vessel.
New architecture: NEMO, a technology museum in the form of a half sunken vessel.
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Amsterdam s passenger terminal for the arriving cruise ships.
Amsterdam's passenger terminal for the arriving cruise ships.
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Old and new meet at Museum Square: the venerable Concert Hall not far from the more modern Van Gogh ...
Old and new meet at Museum Square: the venerable Concert Hall not far from the more modern Van Gogh Museum .
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Old and new meet at Museum Square: a modern Van Gogh Museum just opposite the venerable Concert Hall...
Old and new meet at Museum Square: a modern Van Gogh Museum just opposite the venerable Concert Hall.
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Examples of Amsterdam s more recent architecture are found in the  Eastern Islands.
Examples of Amsterdam's more recent architecture are found in the 'Eastern Islands.'
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Example of Amsterdam s more recent architecture.
Example of Amsterdam's more recent architecture.
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With a shortage of land  the Dutch have learned to live with and on the water.
With a shortage of land, the Dutch have learned to live with and on the water.
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