Real Island (Realeneiland)

Realeneiland is one of the islands of the western quarter of the port. The merchant Reael had the first houses built, in particular on the Zandhoek, an attractive quayside facing the Westerdok. Zandhoek ("sandy place") was once home to a sand market. Formerly populated by dockers and the unemployed, the area was destined for demolition but was saved by the success of a novel by Jan Mens: De Gouden Reael. There are 17th Century houses with gabled facades and fine stone-work.

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EYE Film Institute
EYE Film Institute
Initially intended to be a restaurant,
Northern Church (Noorderkerk)
Northern Church (Noorderkerk)
This church was built in 1623. Begun by
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Noordermarkt
Noordermarkt
The Northern Market has been in
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Brewers' Canal (Brouwersgracht)
Brewers' Canal (Brouwersgracht)
This peaceful canal is blessed with a
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Herengracht
Herengracht
The Herengracht or Patricians' Canal is
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Jordaan
Jordaan
An obvious area for development with the
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Oudezijds Achterburgwal / Oudezijds Voorburgwal
Oudezijds Achterburgwal / Oudezijds Voorburgwal
These two charming parallel canals are
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Canal Excursion
Canal Excursion
A tourist cliché for some, a marvellous
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Hortus Botanicus
Hortus Botanicus
This garden was created in 1682 at the
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