Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands. It’s famous for its canals (called grachten in Dutch). There are 165 grachten in Amsterdam with a combined length of 60+ miles! The canals were built in the early 17th century to be used for water management, transportation, and defense. The magnificent canal houses that border the canals were also built mostly in the 17th century, during the Netherland’s “Golden age.” The side-by-side houses were built on narrow, deep lots, so the only way to make each house different was to decorate the front with a distinctive gable. There are various gable styles, including bell gables, triangular gables, neck gables, and step gables.
Some of the students at Blue Church Art drew their own colorful versions of Amsterdam's famous canal houses. Check them out:
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