Dam Square in Amsterdam

Dam Square in Amsterdam

Dam Square is the Amsterdam´s main square. Public events, national celebrations or organized protests take place here. Dam Square is therefore one of the most important places in the city.

 

History of Dam Square in Amsterdam

 

The dominant feature of Dam Square, opposite the Royal Palace, is the National Monument to memorialize the victims of World War II, which was built in 1956. The author of the architectural draft of the National Memorial is Jacobus Johannes Pieter Oud. The commemorative sculptures are the work of Jan Rädecker and his sons Han and Jan Rädecker. Other reliefs of the monument were created by the sculptor Paul Grégoire.

 

The central element of the monument is 22 meters high concrete conical pillar covered only by the white travertine stone. In the curved wall around the column are 12 urns containing soil from the 11 Dutch provinces and the 12th urn contains soil from the Indonesia.  


 
On 4th May every year, a ceremony is held at the monument on the Dam Square at the occasion of the National Memorial Day.

 

2.4.2011 | Prague guide | Cities |
Dam Square in Amsterdam
Dam Square in Amsterdam
Dam Square in Amsterdam
Dam Square in Amsterdam
Dam Square in Amsterdam
Dam Square in Amsterdam
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