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Les plaques de maisons
Van Breestraat 85-2
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Gable stones, "gevelstenen" in Dutch, stand out to tourists who are lucky enough to catch a glimpse of one. They can be found all over Holland but Amsterdam boasts the greatest number with more than 850 gable stones counted.
Each stone is unique.
They are small stone-carved bas-relief tablets. Often painted, they are a means of identifying a building while also decorating the façade. They depict images related to the activities of the occupants of the house and are supplemented with dates, text and occasionally rebuses.
Today, gable stones from destroyed old buildings can be found on some of the city's blind walls. I can recommend visiting the Haven van Texel wall or the inner court of the Begijnhof (Beguine convent). To see stone tables on gables, I would suggest going to the Jordaan district which has a large number of them.
A new lease of life
Since I have been living in Amsterdam, the Friends of Gable Stones Association has been restoring and showcasing these tablets. But the most entertaining thing is to come across these modern stone tablets. Some bear dates from our era or elements of our modern life. Just like Rabobank in Weteringschaans which depicts the first and last florin minted in 1994. There is also a plaque of a euro coin on Eglaintierstraat.
Friends of Gable Stones Association - Vereniging vrienden van Amsterdamse gevelstenen
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