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Defence Line of Amsterdam

Extending 135 km around the city of Amsterdam, this defence line (built between 1883 and 1920) is the only example of a fortification based on the principle of controlling the waters. Since the 16th century, the people of the Netherlands have used their expert knowledge of hydraulic engineering for defence purposes. The centre of the country was protected by a network of 45 armed forts, acting in concert with temporary flooding from polders and an intricate system of canals and locks.

Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site

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iiTo exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design. All
ivTo be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history. All
vTo be an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement, land-use, or sea-use which is representative of a culture (or cultures), or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change. All

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Extended tour part 1 (10+) ‘Freedom of Amsterdam’: The origins of freedom of Amsterdam en nl 20180.6kmsite_izi
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Extended tour part 2 (16+) ‘Freedom of Amsterdam’: from Descartes to Spinoza en nl 20180.6kmsite_izi
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The Totalitarian Art Gallery 20150.2kmsite_ao
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Penis Fountain 20120.4kmsite_ao
Hans Brinker Budget Hotel 20131.3kmsite_ao
Bijbels Museum 20110.8kmsite_ao
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Oude Kerk 20120.3kmsite_ao
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Our Lord in the Attic 20150.4kmsite_ao
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De Waag 20180.5kmsite_ao
The Cat Boat: A Floating Sanctuary on an Amsterdam Canal 20170.4kmsite_ao
Homomonument 20170.6kmsite_ao
Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica (Ritman Library) 20160.4kmsite_ao
City Hall Urinal 20170.4kmsite_ao
Begijnhof Chapel 20180.6kmsite_ao
The Oldest Jewish Library in the World 20171.1kmsite_ao
This Art Collection May Be One of Amsterdam’s Best-Guarded Treasures 20181.2kmsite_ao
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About the source: UNESCO

Within UNESCO's broad remit, this specialised agency of the UN works towards international cooperation agreements to secure the world's cultural and natural heritage, designating venues of exceptional value as World Heritage Sites.

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