Amsterdam Travel Blog› entry 1 of 1 › view all entries
The Jordaan was build at the large expansion of Amsterdam in early 17th century, as a district for the working class and emigrants. The population increase during the next centuries was enormously, caused by the stream political refugees like protestant Fleming, Spanish and Portuguese Jews and French Huguenots who mainly settled in the Jordaan. It was a poor district with small houses and slums, every little room stuffed with families and lots of children. The entire area was one ghetto with open sewers, canals served for both transport and sewer, and no running water. Around 1900 there lived about 80 thousand people, nowadays about 20 thousand
The Jordaan has a high concentration of hofjes (inner courtyards), beautiful yards with little houses, many of them with restored houses and peaceful gardens.
The famous painter Rembrandt van Rijn came living in the Jordaan in his lesser successful period. The reason was the low rents. You can still find his house on the Rozengracht. Just on the boarder of the Jordaan you can also find the Anne Frank House.