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Amsterdam Gable Stones

Colorful signs are scattered across Amsterdam. Keep a sharp eye out for the intriguing images, and you’ll learn more about the various homes and business they adorn than you ever would from merely reading a house number or address.

These gable stones (gevelstenen in Dutch) originally served a practical purpose. In the days before houses were numbered and the general population could read, the signs used images to represent the name of a homeowner or purpose of a business.

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