Zevenlandenhuizen

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Zevenlandenhuizen

The architecture in Amsterdam varies from the classic buildings along the ring of canals to the modern, eastern islands of the city. Each period in the rich history of the metropolis of Amsterdam may be recognized by the corresponding architectural styles and typical buildings. The Zevenlandenhuizen are no exception, and are the result of the romantic yearning for foreign cultures that was so popular in the late 19th century.

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The architecture in Amsterdam varies from the classic buildings along the ring of canals to the modern, eastern islands of the city. Each period in the rich history of the metropolis of Amsterdam may be recognized by the corresponding architectural styles and typical buildings. The Zevenlandenhuizen are no exception, and are the result of the romantic yearning for foreign cultures that was so popular in the late 19th century.

Seven countries in seven houses

In 1894, the architect Tjeerd Kuipers was commissioned to build seven houses in the Roemer Visscherstraat near the Vondelpark. The commissioning party was the rich banker San van Eeghen who was eager to bring the charm of remote locations in Europe closer to Amsterdam. This was how the idea came about to build seven houses representing seven countries. Each country was characterized by its own European style.

The countries of the Zevenlandenhuizen

The Zevenlandenhuizen represent France, Germany, Russia, Italy, England, Spain and the Netherlands. The Spanish house displays Moorish influences, the English house was built in the cottage style, and the other houses have also made their own contribution to the architecture of Amsterdam. The names of the countries represented are displayed on the façades of the houses, making it easy to see which country is represented.

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