The Imperial crown of Maximillian I of Habsburg is the trademark of Amsterdam since Emperor Maximillian permitted the people of this city to use his crown as their symbol on the 11th of February 1489. This crown was offered to Cem, the brother of the Ottoman sultan Yildirim Beyazit. Before Cem could posses it, he was taken prisoner by the pope and poisoned in his Napolitan prison.



In the course of the 17th century the famous crescent shape of the Amsterdam city centre was designed and realized resulting in the unique ring of canals. A number of narrow streets and canals, fanning out from the centre of the crescent, traversed the network of concentric semicircular canals. On the outskirts of the city centre, the canals ended in squares, where the city gates were located. The squares were used as parking places, since vehicles were not always allowed into the city itself.

With thanks to the Municipal Department for Monuments and Archaeology of Amsterdam, that allows the use of their wonderful images.

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