National Monument, Amsterdam

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The National Monument on Dam Square, Amsterdam, is a 1956 World War II monument in the Netherlands. A national Remembrance of the Dead ceremony is held at the monument every year on 4 May to commemorate the casualties of World War II and subsequent armed conflicts.DesignThe monument was designed by Dutch architect J.J.P. Oud, and the monument's sculptures are by John Rädecker and his sons Han and Jan Willem Rädecker. The reliefs are by the sculptor Paul Grégoire.The central element of the monument is a concrete conical pillar in height, covered entirely by white travertine stone. On the front of the pillar is a relief entitled De Vrede ("Peace"), consisting of four chained male figures, representing the suffering endured during the war. To either side of these central figures are two male sculptures representing members of the Dutch resistance, the left figure symbolizing the resistance by the intelligentsia and the right figure symbolizing the resistance by the working classes. Weeping dogs are at their feet, representing suffering and loyalty. Above the central relief is a sculpture of a woman with a child in her arms and doves flying around her, representing victory, peace, and new life. A relief of the back side of the pillar shows doves ascending into the sky, symbolizing the liberation.
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  • The White Tower in Dam Square. It was built in 1956 to commemorate the war dead of the Second World War. Many people are seated in the base of the stairs and the tower in front, but there are a lot of people who can feel the mystery. It is better to be careful because dam square is not safe.
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  • Located in Dam Square, one of the neuralgicos points of Amsterdam, we passed several times there, I report and saw that was built in 1956 as a tribute to the Dutch victims in the Second World War, and every 4 May is made a special reminder.
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  • It's one of the best focal points to start any tour. I did it as a teenager, with my new wife and now as a father of 3 and every time, I start here to any tour. The hotel is right next door and the shopping street connects you from the new to the old part of the town.
  • Stayed here for a good 20 minutes while waiting for a friend and I was able to record via time lapse how fast the weather in Amsterdam changes. It's in the center of the business district and a great place for meeting friends.
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