The Blauwbrug is a historic bridge in Amsterdam spanning the river Amstel and connecting the Rembrandtplein and Waterlooplein areas. Blauwbrug is one of the most richly decorated bridges in Amsterdam with ornate lanterns and crowns.
The bridge lends its name from a 17th-century blue wooden bridge positioned in the same location as the existing bridge. The first wooden bridge in that place was constructed in the beginning of the 17th century, but very soon the old bridge was destroyed, and the new stone bridge which is preserved till now was constructed inspired by the architecture of famous bridges in Paris. The current bridge which is constructed of stone was built in 1883 for the World Colonial Exhibition which attracted thousands of visitors to Amsterdam. The bridge has more of a French design as seen on bridges crossing the Seine in Paris. The sculptures are of medieval boats, fish and the imperial crown of Amsterdam - check out the lamp stands.Once walk on the bridge from the top you get some good views of the canals, but to get a good view of the bridge you really need to see it from the water.
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