National Monument Amsterdam

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

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This is Amsterdam -collection
Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The National Monument on the Dam, Amsterdam – commemorating the victims of World War II

" Right in the middle of Dam square you will find the ‘Nationaal Monument’ (National Monument). It was designed by J.J.P Oud and was revealed in 1956.

This monument was founded for the commemoration of soldiers and victims of World War II. The sorrow, resistance and victory are represented by the different parts that make up this statue.

Within the surrounding wall, eleven urns were placed. They contain soil, which was taken from cemeteries of the eleven former Dutch provinces.

Every year on May 4, many people gather at Dam Square for the ‘Nationale Dodenherdenking’ (Remembrance of the dead). During this ceremony people lay flowers around the monument and pay their respect to the war victims, by observing two minutes of silence. This ceremony is attended by the Dutch Queen and members of parliament." Source:

Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and Pentax-DA 18-55 lens
1/350 sec at f 6,7
focal length 18mm, ISO 200

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