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Rough Guide DIRECTIONS

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The Rembrandthuis
Jodenbreestraat 6 T020/520
0400, Wwww.rembrandthuis.nl.
Daily 10am–5pm, but times may
vary with exhibitions. E7.50. St
Antoniesbreestraat (see p.55)
runs into Jodenbreestraat, the
“Broad Street of the Jews”, at
one time the main centre of

Jewish activity. This ancient
thoroughfare is short on
charm, but it is home to the
Rembrandthuis, whose intricate
facade is decorated with pretty
wooden shutters and a dinky
pediment. Rembrandt bought
this house at the height of his
fame and popularity, living

The Old Jewish
Quarter and Eastern
docklands
Originally one of the marshiest parts of Amsterdam,
the narrow slice of land sandwiched between the
curve of the River Amstel, Kloveniersburgwal and
the Nieuwe Herengracht was the home of Amster-
dam’s Jews from the sixteenth century up until World
War II. By the 1920s, this Old Jewish Quarter, or the
Jodenhoek (“Jews’ Corner”), was one of the busiest
parts of town, crowded with tenement buildings and
smoking factories, its main streets holding scores of
open-air stalls selling everything from pickled herrings
to pots and pans. The war put paid to all this – in 1945
it lay derelict, and neither has postwar redevelopment
treated it kindly. New building has robbed the district of
much of its character. Its focal point, Waterlooplein, has
been overwhelmed by a whopping town and concert
hall complex and the once-bustling Jodenbreestraat
is now bleak and very ordinary, with Mr Visserplein, at
its east end, one of the city’s busiest traffi c junctions.
Picking your way round these obstacles is not much
fun, but persevere – amongst the cars and concrete
are several moving reminders of the Jewish community
that perished in the war. The adjacent Plantagebuurt is
very different, a moderately well-to-do residential area
that’s home to the Artis Zoo and the excellent Verzet-
smuseum (Dutch Resistance Museum). From here it’s
a short hop north to the reclaimed islands of the Oost-
erdok, where pride of place goes to the Nederlands
Scheepvaartmuseum (Maritime Museum).

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here for over twenty years and
spending a fortune on furnishings
– an expense that ultimately
contributed to his bankruptcy.
An inventory made at the time
details the huge collection of
paintings, sculptures and art
treasures he’d amassed, almost all
of which was auctioned off after
he was declared insolvent and
forced to move to a more modest
house in the Jordaan in 1658 (see
p.85).

The city council bought the
Jodenbreestraat house in 1907
and has revamped the premises
on several occasions, most
recently in 1999. A visit begins
in the modern building next
door, but you’re soon into the
string of period rooms that have
been returned to something
like their appearance when
Rembrandt lived here, with the
inventory as a guide. The period
furniture is enjoyable enough,
especially the two box-beds,
and the great man’s studio is
surprisingly large and well-lit,
but there are no Rembrandt
paintings on display except when

there are special exhibitions
(for which you can expect to
pay extra). The museum also
possesses an extensive collection
of Rembrandt’s etchings and
prints as well as several of
the original copper plates on
which he worked, and these
are on display when temporary
exhibitions allow. To see more of
Rembrandt’s paintings, head for
the Rijksmuseum (see p.108).

The Holland Experience
Jodenbreestraat 4 T020/422 2233,
Wwww.holland-experience.nl. Daily
10am–6pm. E8.50. The multimedia
Holland Experience is a kind of
sensory bombardment movie
about Holland and Amsterdam,
with synchronized smells and a
moving fl oor – not to mention
the special 3D glasses. The
experience lasts thirty minutes
and is especially popular with
kids.

Gassan Diamonds
Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 173
T020/622 5333, Wwww
.gassandiamonds.nl. Frequent 1hr
guided tours daily 9am–5pm. Free; no
advance booking required. Gassan
Diamonds occupies a large and
imposing brick building dating
from 1897. Before World War
II, many local Jews worked as
diamond cutters and polishers,
but there’s little sign of the
industry hereabouts today, this
factory being the main exception.
Tours include a visit to the
cutting and polishing areas as
well a gambol round Gassan’s
diamond jewellery showroom.

The Stadhuis en
Muziektheater
Box offi ce T020/625 5455, Wwww
.muziektheater.nl. Jodenbreestraat
runs parallel to the Stadhuis
en Muziektheater, a sprawling
and distinctly underwhelming � R E M B R A N T H U I S

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http://www.holland-experience.nl
http://www.gassandiamonds.nl
http://www.gassandiamonds.nl
http://www.muziektheater.nl
http://www.muziektheater.nl

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