Homomonument, Amsterdam

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The Homomonument is a memorial in the centre of Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. It commemorates all gay men and lesbians who have been subjected to persecution because of their homosexuality. Opened on September 5, 1987, it takes the form of three large pink triangles made of granite, set into the ground so as to form a larger triangle, on the bank of the Keizersgracht canal, near the historic Westerkerk church. The Homomonument was designed to "inspire and support lesbians and gays in their struggle against denial, oppression and discrimination." It was the first monument in the world to commemorate gays and lesbians who were killed by the Nazis.
Later, similar monuments were realised in a number of cities all around the world.
In 1980 artists were invited to submit designs and a jury was assembled consisting of experts in the fields of art and design. The jury chose a design by Karin Daan, based on the pink triangle. With the triangle on the water as its central point, Daan expanded the design to make her work as monumental as possible without disrupting the surroundings.
The idea of a permanent memorial to gay and lesbian victims of persecution dated from 1970, when gay activists were arrested for attempting to place a lavender wreath at the National War Memorial (Netherlands) on Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam. The wreath was removed by police and denounced as a disgrace.
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  • The Homomonument is a series of three pink marble triangles placed between the Westerkerk Church and the Keizersgracht canal, each at a different level (canal, ground, above ground). It was built to c...  more »
  • At first I thought this was just a modern boat landing or dock, then discovered it has a much more serious intention. It is subtle, maybe too subtle but if you walk this way do check it out.  more »
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  • Fabulous event the Drag Olympics, only improvement could be screens for those away from stage to see. This comment is based on four years trying to view past the large number of people attending the event. Food and drink is well catered, and friendly Police and Medical staff
  • As said before by another user - nice place to sit down but offers nothing. Obviously it's nice that it's there but it's not really interesting except for the sign.
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