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AMSTERDAM: PRINSENEILAND | by Akbar Simonse
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AMSTERDAM: PRINSENEILAND

In 1610 and 1615 three artificial islands (Prinseneiland, Bickerseiland and Realeneiland) were build as an extension of the harbor. Until the end of the 19th century this was an area with many wharfs, little industries and warehouses, related to the shipping trades. After the second World war the desolated area was discovered by many artists (Jan Sierhuis, Johan van der Keuken, Jef Diederen, Reinier Lucassen, Peter Schat among others), who established their homes and studios in the vacant buildings. During the second half of the 20th century the old warehouses were transformed into apartments one after another, and new apartments were build. Nevertheless a lot of the atmosphere of the glorious past is still present in the old buildings and wooden drawbridges. (WIKIPEDIA)

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Taken on January 27, 2008