The Jordaan is a neighborhood in the heart of Amsterdam, known for its charming homes, fine restaurants and original stores. When you're in Amsterdam, it's a must to walk along the little streets and canals. On the many bridges over the canals, you can take stunning pictures and see why Amsterdam is considered the Venice of the North. The Prinsengracht, the Westerstraat, the Haarlemmerstraat and the '9 straatjes' (nine small streets) are only a few of the many popular streets to visit in this area of Amsterdam.
History of the Jordaan
In the early 17th century, the Jordaan was built to accommodate the working class and refugees. A large influx of immigrants from France, England, Spain , Portugal and other countries came to Amsterdam in the 17th and 18th centuries in search of independence. Amsterdam was renowned for its consideration of other political and religious views.
Originally, the Jordaan was a poor district, with small houses and many residents. About 1900, the population was estimated to be about 80,000. Imagine all the huge families stuffed in the tiny houses that Jordaan is known for. Combine it with a shortage of sewerage and no drinking water, and the chaos is over. There are currently around 20,000 residents living in the Jordan.
The name of the district, Jordaan, is meant to come from the French word garden: Jardin. The name of the district, Jordaan, is meant to come from the French word garden: Jardin. Many of the streets in this city are named after plants and flowers. Others claim, however, that it is named after the Jordan River because of the many Jews who fled to Amsterdam and lived in the city.