Amsterdam, Netherlands - LesleyBray

The first place we walked past was the Waterlooplein Flea Markt - I could have spent the whole day there !!!! I brought some gifts for the kids at home here.

A bit of history
The square itself has been created in 1880, on the place of the two canals, Leprozengracht and Houtgracht. Since 1893, a Jewish market has been created there, the biggest and the most important Jewish market in Amsterdam. This has been ended in 1941, with the persecution of Jews by the Nazi Germany. After the World War II, the Waterlooplein market was reborn, first as a general bazaar, then in the 60s and 70s of the XXth century, as a trading place connected with the youth culture. Amsterdam has been a magnet for the hippies from all over Europe and the Magic Center of the alternative Provo’s culture.

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