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National Monument

Red Light District (De Wallen)
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Important memorial

This statue is an important one in the Netherlands. We always pass by when we are in the city centre.

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 January 2017
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very busy area. Meeting point for a lot of tours/walks. Lots to see and do. Good place for taking photos. Plenty of places to stop for a quick drink or to sit and watch the world go by.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

This statue is an important one in the Netherlands. We always pass by when we are in the city centre.

Thank FayeInAmsterdam
Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

This monument is an important part of Hungary's history. It will have more or less meaning to the average tourist depending on your education and level of interest in WWII. If nothing else it is an interesting sculpture in the middle some fine historical architecture (the Royal Palace) so you will probably be walking past it at some point as... More 

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Bethalto, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

The National Monument is located very close to the Paleis. Two heraldic stone lions that represent the Netherlands are on the imposing memorial to the Dutch who lost their lives in World War II

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Palermo, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

More important than beautiful, this monument would need for first a good cleaning. To be visit only because in the super central Dam Square, but Amsterdam has better things to offer.

Thank Davide G
Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

The National Monument is a WWII memorial situated at Dam Square opposite the National Palace.This is a 22 meter tall structure designed by Dutch architect J.J.P. and erected in 1952. Here you will find a stone obelisk structure with sculptures near its base, representing the Dutch resistance to German occupation during the war. On the backside there are doves ascending... More 

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Amstelveen, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

This is a great landmark to keep yourself oriented in Dam Square. In winter, try one of the Oliebollen vendors for a yummy warm donut-like treat! In the sun, take a chair on one of the terraces that face the monument for a beverage and snack and great people watching! After shopping (at the Bijenkorf which is immediately next to... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

I wouldn't go out of my way to see this, but it was a cool photo stop while we were walking around the city.

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Leaving my wife at the Bijenkorf shopping store, I went to have a better look at this memorial. We always passed the place as it was mostly so filled up with people just sitting on the steps and generally making a mess of the place. The whole part of the square is filled with bikes and youngsters just hanging out,... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

This monument is located on the dam square. It looks old, not well maintained and kind of put away in a corner. It is quite crowded near the monument, so if you want some pictures without prople, get there early.

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