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The Jordaan
Jordaan
is a neighbourhood of the city of Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is part of the borough of Amsterdam-Centrum. The area is bordered by the Singelgracht
Singelgracht
canal and the neighbourhood of Frederik Hendrikbuurt to the west; the Prinsengracht
Prinsengracht
to the east; the Brouwersgracht
Brouwersgracht
to the north and the Leidsegracht to the south. The former canal Rozengracht (now filled in) is the main traffic artery through the neighbourhood. Originally a working-class neighbourhood, the Jordaan
Jordaan
has become one of the most expensive, upscale locations in the Netherlands. It is home to many art galleries, particularly for modern art, and is also dotted with speciality shops and restaurants. Markets are held regularly at Noordermarkt, the Westerstraat (the Lapjesmarkt textile market) and Lindengracht. Rembrandt
Rembrandt
spent the last years of his life in the Jordaan, on the Rozengracht canal. He was buried in the Westerkerk
Westerkerk
church, at the corner of Rozengracht and Prinsengracht, just beyond the Jordaan. The Anne Frank
Anne Frank
House, where Anne Frank
Anne Frank
went into hiding during World War II, is located on the edge of the Jordaan, on the Prinsengracht
Prinsengracht
canal.

Contents

1 Origin of the name 2 Buildings 3 History 4 External links

Origin of the name[edit] The most common theory on the origin of the name is as a derivation of the French word jardin, meaning garden: most streets and canals in the Jordaan
Jordaan
are named after trees and flowers. Another theory is that the Prinsengracht
Prinsengracht
canal was once nicknamed Jordaan
Jordaan
(the Dutch name for the river Jordan), and that the neighbourhood beyond the canal came to be called this as well. Buildings[edit] The Jordaan
Jordaan
has a high concentration of hofjes (inner courtyards), many of them with restored houses and peaceful gardens. These courtyards were built by rich people for elderly women, as a kind of charity. By the 1970s most of these courtyards were in very bad shape, like the rest of the neighbourhood. Since then, many have been restored and are now inhabited mainly by artists, students and some elderly people. During the summer some of these yards are opened on Sundays during free concerts known as hofjesconcerten. Many houses in the Jordaan
Jordaan
have a stone tablet on their facade, a stone sign displaying the profession or family sign of the inhabitants. For instance a butcher displayed a pig and a tailor a pair of scissors, carved in stone above the entry. The first such stone tablets were made in the 16th century, when citizens were ordered to use these tablets instead of big wooden gables that obstructed the traffic in the narrow streets. History[edit] Construction of the Jordaan
Jordaan
began in 1612, when it was called Het Nieuwe Werck (The New Work). The streets and canals were built according to the old ditches and paths, which explains its unusual orientation compared to the rest of the city. In the 19th century, six of the Jordaan's canals were filled in, including the Rozengracht. The neighbourhood was traditionally a leftwing stronghold, with a stormy history. Heavy riots broke out in 1835, 1886, 1917 and 1934. The February strike
February strike
of 1941 started with meetings on Noordermarkt square. The Jordaan
Jordaan
had a lively music scene in the 20th century. Several of the most popular musicians now have a statue in their memory at the corner of Prinsengracht
Prinsengracht
and Elandsgracht. The singer Willy Alberti is commemorated with a memorial plaque on the Westerkerk
Westerkerk
church. The Jordaanfestival, celebrating the neighbourhood's music tradition, is held annually. Starting in the 1960s, many of the neighbourhood's original working-class residents moved out of the city to more affordable locations, mainly to Almere
Almere
and Purmerend. External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jordaan.

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Jordaan.

Jordaan
Jordaan
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Neighbourhoods of Amsterdam

Centrum

Binnenstad (Oude Zijde - Nieuwe Zijde) Grachtengordel (Negen Straatjes) Haarlemmerbuurt Jodenbuurt Jordaan Kadijken Lastage Oostelijke Eilanden
Oostelijke Eilanden
(Czaar Peterbuurt) Oosterdokseiland Plantage Rapenburg Uilenburg Westelijke Eilanden Weteringschans

Nieuw-West

Geuzenveld (De Eendracht) Nieuw Sloten Oostoever Osdorp
Osdorp
( De Aker - Middelveldsche Akerpolder) Oud Osdorp Overtoomse Veld Sloten Slotermeer Slotervaart

Noord

Banne Buiksloot Buiksloot Buikslotermeer Floradorp Kadoelen Landelijk Noord ( Durgerdam
Durgerdam
- Holysloot
Holysloot
- Ransdorp
Ransdorp
- Schellingwoude
Schellingwoude
- Zunderdorp) Molenwijk Nieuwendam Nieuwendammerdijk en Buiksloterdijk Oostzanerwerf Overhoeks Tuindorp Nieuwendam Tuindorp Oostzaan

Oost

IJburg
IJburg
(Haveneiland - Rieteilanden - Steigereiland - Zeeburgereiland) Indische Buurt Oostelijk Havengebied (Borneo-eiland - Cruquiuseiland
Cruquiuseiland
- Java-eiland
Java-eiland
- KNSM-eiland - Oostelijke Handelskade
Oostelijke Handelskade
- Sporenburg) Oostpoort Oud-Oost ( Dapperbuurt - Oosterparkbuurt - Transvaalbuurt - Weesperzijde) Watergraafsmeer
Watergraafsmeer
( Amsteldorp
Amsteldorp
- Betondorp - Omval - Science Park)

West

Admiralenbuurt Bos en Lommer
Bos en Lommer
(Kolenkitbuurt - Landlust) Chassébuurt Frederik Hendrikbuurt Houthaven Oud-West ( Kinkerbuurt
Kinkerbuurt
- Overtoombuurt) Postjesbuurt Sloterdijk Spaarndammerbuurt Staatsliedenbuurt Trompbuurt Waterwijk Westerpark Zeeheldenbuurt

Zuid

Apollobuurt Buitenveldert Hoofddorppleinbuurt Museumkwartier (Duivelseiland) De Pijp
De Pijp
( Oude Pijp
Oude Pijp
- Nieuwe Pijp
Nieuwe Pijp
- Diamantbuurt) Prinses Irenebuurt Rivierenbuurt Schinkelbuurt Stadionbuurt
Stadionbuurt
(Olympisch Kwartier) Vondelparkbuurt Willemspark Zuidas

Zuidoost

Bijlmer Bullewijk Driemond Gaasperdam Venserpolder

Westpoort

Teleport Westelijk Havengebied (Ruigoord)

Former boroughs: De Baarsjes
De Baarsjes
- Geuzenveld-Slotermeer
Geuzenveld-Slotermeer
- Oost- Watergraafsmeer
Watergraafsmeer
- Oud-West - Oud-Zuid - Slotervaart - Westerpark - Zeeburg
Zeeburg
- Zuideramstel

Coordinates: 52°22′35″N 4°52′54″E / 52.37639°N 4.88167°E / 52.37

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