JORDAAN TOUR AMSTERDAM
BOAT TRIP & CITY WALK € 84,50 pp.
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In 1955, folk singer Johnny Jordaan sang about his beloved Amsterdam neighborhood: the Jordaan. In the four centuries that the working-class neighborhood has existed, the Jordaan has developed into one of the most iconic neighborhoods of Amsterdam. The poor farmers and artisans who lived at the place where the canal belt was to be bought were bought out or driven away to an island to the west of the new district. That district, which became known as the "New Werck" and was built between 1613 and 1625, would become the later Jordaan.
The Jordaan was a typical working-class neighborhood, where many artisans and small businesses were located. The district came to lie within the fortress of Amsterdam during the Third Explanation in the first half of the 17th century. The urban structure of the neighborhood more or less follows the pattern of the polder landscape that was created around 1100. For the construction of the Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht and Herengracht, that polder landscape was completely redesigned according to a pattern that curved around the old city center in a semicircle. As a result, the streets and canals of the working-class Jordaan area are often slanted with respect to the Prinsengracht and do not connect directly with the adjacent streets and bridges of the prosperous canals.