OLD HOUSES IN AMSTERDAM
I explored around The Dam Amsterdam was not only to admire the canal but also the old buildings.
Around canal street full of houses that lined up, tall and thin. In the past property tax depending on the front of the home. No matter the length of the house, calculated by the tax was the width of the house. Therefore, they build houses narrow to avoid big taxes. Consequently brought furniture or items became difficult and impossible.
Therefore home built leaning forward or crooked.
The houses were not only for living but also for storing goods. The house was built purposely to accommodate when they have to store goods in order to avoid flooding. Upstairs is the safest place when there was a flood.
It also is to lift goods from the streets.
Merchants used to trade various kinds of goods from the canal by boat. They required a special warehouse to store items such as spices, cocoa or cotton.
Traders use the hooks on the beam spurt upstairs to lift goods from the road. The advantage with buildings leaning forward when they picked things up, not tearing down walls or breaking windows.
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