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Oudekerksplein the Heart of de Wallen the Red Light District of Amsterdam Old Center


The "Oudekerksplein" known for prostitutes performing colourful shopwindow shows and the nearby “Bethaniënklooster” [Bethaniën monastry]

The Oudekerksplein  is a square in the centre of the oldest part of Amsterdam was built in 14th century “de Oude Kerk”  [the Old Church]  originally designed as a graveyard which was cleared around 1655 and moved to a new location beyond the then city limits that’s how the present “Plein” [square] was created

De Wallen [the Walls] known the sex workers district; along the square are about 35 windows from behind which sex workers are tempting –in a colourful way some barely clothed their prospect clients with their services. As part of new laws the city wants to remove all brothels from the square and replace them with restaurants – shops - artists' workshops.

Keep track of live performance shows in the city. A great number of live performances varying from classical music-jazz-blues-rock pop concerts-entertainment-puppet and erotic shows are on in Amsterdam. Up-to-date list of music dancing halls cafes and places here

“The Oudekerksplein” [Old Church Square] is situated in the heart of the Red Light district near “de Warmoesstraat”  [the Warmoe street] and the canals “Oudezijds Voorburgwal” and “Kloveniersburgwal”. From the square, the “Oudekerksburg” [Ouderkerk’s bridge] crosses the “de Oudezijds Voorburgwal” canal running eastwards through the “Oudekennissteeg” and “Molensteeg” [Molen alley] towards the “Oudezijds Achterburgwal” and “Zeedijk”.

A statue titled "Belle" – in honour of the world the prostitutes, was placed on the square in 2007. The inscription on this statue reads: "Respect sex workers all over the world". The squire also has a bronze relief of a hand caressing a female breast. The sculpture was placed cobblestone by an anonymous artist in February 1993.

When you get tired of walking “de Wallen” and the hordes of people you may be in the mood for a change  and take a stroll and do some sightseeing “de Nieuwmarkt”  [the New market] a small street market “where east meet west” or to go and visit the nearby former monastery the “Bethaniënklooster” [Bethany Convent] dating  back from 1462 located and originally designed to take care of the city’s "infamous" women who might like to repent for their sins. Since 2000, the “Bethaniënklooster” has been transformed into a widely much-admired location for chamber music performances or on a more spiritual level visiting a real Buddhist temple at Amsterdam's “Zeedijk” It is a striking Fo Guang Shan He Hua Temple Temple constructed in Chinese palace style and a must see.

After a long day of wandering through this interesting old city  - it is a pleasure to relax on one of the terraces at “ Nieuwmarkt”  or eat at one of the many Asian restaurants at the well-known “Binnenbantammerstraat”  

Amsterdam Calendar - 2013 will be a very special year in celebration of several events lots of things to do in the city from art exhibitions to a variety of concerts- processions and international sporting events so it will be a great year for Amsterdam shopping too.


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