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Four centuries
of history

The first building that arose on Herengracht 435 dates back to 1666 and was used as stables and a coach house. It was torn down in 1720 to be replaced by a merchant’s house. Over the centuries, the buildings were sold, rebuilt, and renovated several times. The formal purpose of the building as a shop/office dates from around 1840. After that, a number of trade companies established at Herengracht 435-437.

The Amsterdam Canals
The Amsterdam canal belt, as it is now, was developed in the 17th century. The city soon proved to be too small for the growing fleet and the massive influx of immigrants. In 1613, the Amsterdam city council initiated the new city expansion which consisted of three parts: an area with three canals, the Jordaan area, and the Western Islands. The three canals were the Herengracht, Keizersgracht, and Prinsengracht.

The ‘Gouden Bocht’
From 1660, the canals were extended across the river Amstel and the image of the Herengracht was even more improved by the development of the Gouden Bocht, the Golden Bend. This is still one of the prime examples that displays the wealth and prosperity of the Amsterdam residents. The crescent shape of the city was formed during this period of expansion.

Unesco World Heritage Site
The historic canal belt resulted in 14 kilometres of canals and has more than 80 bridges. The Amsterdam canal belt became a World Heritage Site in 2010. In total, Amsterdam has over 100 kilometres of canals.

A unique piece of Amsterdam
Thanks to buying and selling, rebuilding, and renovations, the centuries-old plot (from 1666) at Herengracht 435-437 has become a unique labyrinth of shops, residencies, and office buildings. The plot also includes the premises at Singel 468 and Koningsplein 6.

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