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River Amstel

River Amstel
Netherlands, Amsterdam, River Amstel, May 2013

The picture shows the theatre Carre and the famous Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge). The central section of the Magere Brug is a bascule bridge made of white-painted wood. The present bridge was built in 1934, but the first bridge at this site was built in 1691. Because this bridge was very narrow, the locals called it magere brug, which literally means "skinny bridge". Use of the bridge has been limited to pedestrians and cyclists since 2003.

A story told to tourists about the origins of the 1691 version of the bridge is that it was built by two wealthy sisters who lived on opposite sides of the Amstel river and wanted to be able to visit one another every day (and were presumably too busy, or not in good enough health, to go the long way round via another bridge, of which there must surely have been at least one). In one variant of the story the sisters, although wealthy, were not quite wealthy enough to afford a bridge of adequate width for general use and so built a very narrow bridge, hence its name. In another variant of the story the sisters' last name was Mager, hence the bridge's name (rather than from its narrowness).
The bridge can be seen in a number of films, such as the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever from 1971: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magere_Brug

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Swetlana Hasenjäger
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Beautiful view !

An Excellent View!!
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Clofotos
Clofotos
Wonderful !
3 years ago.
ecolour
ecolour
Wonderful shot ... great view

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3 years ago.
Dave Linscheid
Dave Linscheid
Great water scene and sky!

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Ashley Loy
Ashley Loy
Found and enjoyed in the group Pictures friends
3 years ago.
elzamaria
elzamaria
Mooie wolkenlucht en tinten in deze gave plaat ....dit geeft me heimwee, dat ik meteen met Wim Sonneveld's "Aan de Amsterdamse grachten" compenseer.
3 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
Lovely shot, Peter. Rather threatening sky, though.
3 years ago.
Bob Taylor
Bob Taylor
Very appealing, and with interesting commentary. Would love to cross that bridge sometime.
3 years ago.
Rachel2
Rachel2
Lovely shot and interesting information!
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3 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Great capture.
3 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
A lovely view and I enjoyed the details.
3 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Thanks for sharing this extraordinary picture!

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Diana Australis
Diana Australis
Lovely photo...and thanks for the information!
3 years ago.
Darwinsweep
Darwinsweep
Such a beautiful city .... nice shot and story !
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3 years ago.
yokopakumayoko Francesco
yokopakumayoko Franc…
Beautiful view!
3 years ago.
X-pose
X-pose
Mooi, levend aandoend beeld!
3 years ago.
Mitch Seaver
Mitch Seaver
Excellent work!
3 years ago.
Jürgen
Jürgen
schöner Blickwinkel.
Ich mag diese Ziehbrücken. und wenn es dann noch eine hölzerne wie die Magerebrug ist, dann ganz besonders.
Danke für das Foto Peter.
3 years ago.
sasithorn_s
sasithorn_s
Excellent capture and scene!! Absolutely beautiful!
Your Colourful image was viewed appreciated!

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3 years ago.
Philippe_28
Philippe_28
Une magnifique prise de vue et une très belle histoire
3 years ago.
Francesco Pulvirenti
Francesco Pulvirenti
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Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra
it is very nice to see, well done
3 years ago.
Yvon NL
Yvon NL
Wij hebben de architectuur rondvaart gemaakt dit jaar Zagen dus ongeveer dit beeld. Prachtig genomen
3 years ago.
Ruth S Hart
Ruth S Hart
Beautiful image, have a wonderful week ahead
3 years ago.
Dynamo
Dynamo
wonderful, interesting...
3 years ago.
Ashley Loy
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3 years ago.
Mercury fotografie
Mercury fotografie
Mooi! Ik vind de nabewerking van de lucht ook erg mooi gedaan.
't Is wel druk op de brug, waren er 5 Mei-festiviteiten op de Amstel oid?
3 years ago.
Peter Van Der Houwen has replied to Mercury fotografie
Heel Amsterdam was op die dag overvol!
3 years ago.
Maria Zarębska
Maria Zarębska
Great riparian landscape !!!
3 years ago.
Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
Thanks all for visiting, the nice comments and the favourites!
3 years ago.
Antonio Diaz  Pedraza
Antonio Diaz Pedraz…
Excelente
3 years ago.
Peter Van Der Houwen has replied to Antonio Diaz Pedraz…
Thanks for the nice comment and the favourite Antonio.
3 years ago.
Colin
Colin
Very good image Peter brings back memories I have been there in 2007.
3 years ago.
Peter Van Der Houwen has replied to Colin
Thanks for the nice comment and the favourite Colin.
3 years ago.
Nora Caracci VERY BUSY
Nora Caracci VERY BU…
very beautiful view, excellently taken and composed !
3 years ago.
Peter Van Der Houwen has replied to Nora Caracci VERY BU…
Thanks for the nice comment and the favourite Nora.
3 years ago.
Peter Van Der Houwen has replied to William Sutherland
Thanks William.
3 years ago.