Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam

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Nieuwmarkt is a square in the centre of Amsterdam, Netherlands. The surrounding area is known as the Nieuwmarktbuurt . It is situated in the borough of Amsterdam-Centrum.The square is considered part of Amsterdam's Chinatown, next to the De Wallen . There are over 20 cafés and coffeeshops facing the square. There is a daily market on the square, as well as an organic food market on Saturdays and a market for antiques and books on Sundays in the summer months.The Nieuwmarkt is dominated by a building known as the Waag, originally a gate in the Medieval city walls but converted into a weighing house after the walls were demolished in the 17th century. The square was created when the canals around the Waag were filled in 1614, and was used as a marketplace . In World War II the square was used by the Nazis as a collection point for Jews who had been rounded up to be sent to the concentration camps.In the 1970s many buildings on and around the square were torn down to make way for a planned metro and highway which was to run right through the Nieuwmarkt neighbourhood. This led to heavy rioting, known as the Nieuwmarkt Riots, in 1975 and, ultimately, abandonment of the highway plans. The metro, however, was constructed, and Nieuwmarkt is now a station on the Amsterdam metro system.
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  • Nieuwmarkt – The new Market square is located in the center of Amsterdam, in Chinatown next to the Red Lantern rein. Around a lot of restaurants and bars overlooking the square. During our stay we exhibited here the bukinists and vendors of old soundboards. In the surrounding stalls there were also flowers, organic food and old men. The main building of the square is the so-called scales of the 15TH century, which formerly was an entrance gate through the defensive walls of the city. Since the 17TH century, after the city walls were torn down, the gate became the seat of the urban scale, which certifized various measurements. Today, the building has an urban scales society and an elegant restaurant.
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  • Nieuwmarkt is an old and historical market square in town. Temporary stalls for selling goods and food items are frequently found there and it attracted many customers to cluster and shop around.  more »
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