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Dam Square Monument
Dam Square Monument

Dam Square Monument

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Dam, 1012 JL Amsterdam, Netherlands
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The Dam Square Monument was designed by J.J.P. Oud and built in 1956 to commemorate the victims of World War II. The travertine pillar stands twenty-two meters tall and overlooks Dam Square, a popular ... Read more
gathering place for residents of Amsterdam and the many tourists that visit the city. The square plays host to many public events, including national holidays and protests. Also notable are the pigeons that inhabit the square who swarm the crowds in search of food.

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Ridgway, Colorado

Beautiful square with many shops and amenities. Come here and find some food!

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San Francisco

Beautiful square to take a break for a while. With many pubs, stores and museums around it. Don't forget to take a photo!

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London

Beautiful monument to represent the WWII and it's in a very touristic area. It is right next to the Madame Tussaud.

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Calgary

The main monument in Dam Square built as a memorial to WWII is really rather ugly. It looks too phallic to be attractive.

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Santa Clara

Dam Square is the biggest public square in Amsterdam. It is a popular site for meet ups and social gatherings.

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Almere

The National Monument on Dam Square (Dutch: Nationaal Monument or Nationaal Monument op de Dam), Amsterdam, is a 1956 World War II monument in the Netherlands. A national Remembrance of the Dead ceremony is held at the monument every year on 4 May to commemorate the casualties of World War II and subsequent armed conflicts.

The monument was designed by Dutch architect J.J.P. Oud, and the monument's sculptures are by John Rädecker and his sons Han and Jan Willem Rädecker. The reliefs are by the sculptor Paul Grégoire.

The central element of the monument is a concrete conical pillar 22 metres (72 ft) in height, covered entirely by white travertine stone. On the front of the pillar is a relief entitled De Vrede ("Peace"), consisting of four chained male figures, representing the suffering endured during the war. To either side of these central figures are two male sculptures representing members of the Dutch resistance, the left figure symbolizing the resistance by the intelligentsia and the right figure symbolizing the resistance by the working classes. Weeping dogs are at their feet, representing suffering and loyalty. Above the central relief is a sculpture of a woman with a child in her arms and doves flying around her, representing victory, peace, and new life. A relief of the back side of the pillar shows doves ascending into the sky, symbolizing the liberation.

The monument is placed on a series of concentric rings, forming steps up to the monument. In front of the monument, on either side, are two sculptures of lions on circular pedestals, symbolizing the Netherlands. A semicircular wall surrounds the back side of the monument. The wall contains eleven urns with soil from World War II execution grounds and war cemeteries in each of the Dutch provinces.[3] Three years later, a twelfth urn was added with soil from the Dutch East Indies, present-day Indonesia.

The pillar carries an inscription in Latin:

Hic ubi cor patriae monumentum cordibus intus
quod gestant cives spectet ad astra dei.

(freely translated: "Here, where the heart of the fatherland is, may this monument, which citizens carry in their heart, gaze at God's stars")

The wall behind the pillar also carries a Dutch-language inscription, a text by the poet Adriaan Roland Holst. On the back side of the wall is an inscription of a verse of Dutch poetry by Anthonie Donker, a pseudonym of N.A. Donkersloot.

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Local from Amsterdam

DAM SQUARE MONUMENT - NATIONAAL MONUMENT OP DE DAM
Opposite the Royal Palace on the other side of the Dam is our National Memorial to all victims of war, oppression, deportation and resistance.
Every year on the 4th may we commemorate on the dam all the victims.
The first wreath on 4 May is always laid by his Majesty King Willem Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima.
The Monument was designed by the Dutch architect J.J.P. Oud and the sculpture made by the artist John Radeker and his sons Han and Jan Willem.

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Bismarck

Beautiful statue and a good point on a map to reference as a center for tourists . Easy to find

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Klang

Dan Square Monument is spacious and the land mark of Amsterdam. The palace is in front of it. Nearby can found branded shops, restaurant and shopping malls.

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Puerto Vallarta

The main plaza right in the center of downtown Amsterdam. The center of all things happening in the city.

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Melbourne

The Dam Square Monument is dedicated to those Dutch citizens who died during the Nazi occupation of the early nineteen-forties. The monument is white and was inaugurated during the mid-fifties.

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The Dam Square Monument is located in the Dam Square. The Dutch refer to it as the National Monument of Amsterdam. It represents suffering endured by war, Dutch resistance by intelligentsia and the working class, suffering and loyalty, peace, victory, and new life. Each section of the monument including sculpted figures reflects these attributes of Dutch history.

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San Diego

In the city's busiest square - the location of royal processions, mingling locals, seasonal festivals, and surrounded by tons of food and shopping.

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Local from Amsterdam

The monument was erected in 1956 to honor all the fallen dutch citizens during World War 2. Om may 4th, there is a ceremony here, where the king and queen of the netherlands will place flowers on the monument to commemorate all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. It's impressive to attend this ceremony.

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Epsom

Basically just a monument. If you are lucky there may be something on in the square, otherwise enjoy the irony of this dutch clearly phallic monument. There are some nice but quite expensive bars by the side.

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According to people here, this monument was built to commemorate ww ll. people do their protest here or any national activities. It is a simple monument but meaningful to people who leaves here.

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London

where it all happens .. surrounded by 5* hotels, dodging the cyclists, the buzz in Dam Square is unforgetable !

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London

The Dam is the big square in Amsterdam, right in the middle of the shopping and restaurant area, it's where everyone meets before a night out and returns to for late night hot dogs and cabs home

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Sydney

u can sit here for hours and be entertained and amused by the goings on in the square..u will see sum weird people but also its great to just people watch.i recomend spending a few hours here.

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San Francisco

In the city center of Amsterdam, on Dam Square, you will find the Dam Square Monument. It is a nice place to watch with many people sitting in front, pigeons walking around and street performers in action.

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