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Cafe in de Waag, Amsterdam : Architecture

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Cafe in de Waag Amsterdam

Da Waag : The Weigh House

Address: Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam, Netherlands

Date built: 1488

This structure is the oldest secular public building in Amsterdam.

Da Waag The Weigh House Nieuwmarkt
Weigh House photos © Adrian Welch

The Weigh House was designed as a city gate – Sint Antoniespoort

The Amsterdam Waag is a remnant of the former city walls in Amsterdam. Constructed in 1488, it was originally one of the city gates, the Sint Anthoniespoort. When the city expanded, the Nieuwmarkt (new market) was created around it and the weighing scales for the market were placed in the former gate. Today the building houses the Waag Society, an ICT research foundation working in the social and cultural domain, and there is a café/restaurant on the ground floor.

The building carries the oldest plaque in Amsterdam, which reads ‘On 28 April 1488 the first stone of this gate was laid’.

Location:Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam, Netherlands

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