Essential Architecture-  Amsterdam

Magere Brug "Skinny Bridge"

architect

 

location

over the river Amstel in the city centre of Amsterdam. It connects the banks of the river at Kerkstraat street, between Keizersgracht canal and Prinsengracht canal.

date

1670 and broadened in 1871

style

 

construction

wood

type

Bridge bascule bridge made of white painted wood
 
 
 
 
   
The last major renovation was done in 1969. Since 2003, only pedestrians and cyclists are allowed to use the bridge. Many times a day it is opened in order to let ships pass; the boats used for sightseeing tours are low enough to pass underneath the bridge when closed. The bridge is decorated with 1200 light bulbs that are turned on in the evening.

Every year on V-E Day (Dutch: bevrijdingsdag) there is a concert next to the bridge, which Queen Beatrix usually attends.

The bridge can be seen in a number of films, such as the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever from 1971.

links

 
www.essential-architecture.com