"Seven Bridges, Amsterdam"

By Michael Boss
Oil on Linen
20" X 30"
From the Collection of Jeff Tate, Cincinnati, Ohio

The North Sea was Amsterdam's connection for growth and prosperity, so early 17th century city planners designed a comprehensive canal system in a concentric design.

As horse-drawn carriages began to overtake water transportation, the city began to fill in some of the canals. Intense public outcry saved many of the canals and Amsterdam became known as the Venice of the North.

Today tours of Amsterdam's canal system take you past momentous historical places such as those that suffered from Hitler's heartless wrath, including the Homomonument. Unveiled in 1987, the monument commemorates the brave gay men and women who endured cruel persecution in concentration camps and lost their lives during WWII. Signifying Never Again, the triangular monument intentionally physically points to another reminder of Amsterdam's darkest years of Occupation, the Anne Frank House.