zondag 13 oktober 2013


The Blauwbrug (blue bridge) is an historic bridge in Amsterdam. The bridge ows its name to a wooden "blue bridge" that was there from around 1600 but no longer exists and wich was painted the characteristic blue of the dutch flag. It kept the name after 1883 when it was replaced by the spans of a new bridge which is inspired by the architecture of several of the bridges over the Seine in Paris.

The stone bridge has three openings for ships and his highly decorated. The bases are formed like ships bows and on top colums with leaf-motifs , masks and finally the Imperial Crown of Austria. Also the lantern poles have shipping decorations and the lanterns themselves are agin in the shape of crowns.

I see now that one lantern is missing, probably in repair.

4 opmerkingen:

  1. This is what I so love about your posts - the history that you give us. I am very impressed with this bridge, its history and great structure. Thank you :)

  2. I am in agreement with Saucy Kodz. Too bad they couldn't spend a few extra guilders for some blue paint at the time.

  3. It's great that the bridges have some class with decorations. When I see dutch names I hear the Dutch language. We have many Dutch here and sometimes hear dutch on the street. Friends always give us a few sentences in Dutch.

  4. so pretty! what the netherlands lacks in nature, it certainly makes up for in decoration everywhere...