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Amsterdam is THE market city of Holland. Below the ‘Noorderkerk’, on one of the cities most beautiful squares, the Noordermarkt takes place on Mondays and Saturdays.This market has a tradition that originated in the seventeenth century. Through the ages this market has been organised, daily, weekly and annually. Together with other markets in Amsterdam the Noordermarkt was of great importance for the development and flourishing of the city in the golden age. To this day, the Noordermarkt fullfills an essential social and economic role in Amsterdam. It has remained important through dynamic adaptability in changing times. The interaction between the demands of modern consumers and creative market traders has always been of great significance for the attractive present day Noordermarkt.

The original seventeenth century Pottery market (since 1623) sold utensils and items for daily use to the inhabitants of Amsterdam. After a long ‘journey’ through the years, we often find them back on the stalls of antique and curiosity sellers. These artifacts tell cultural and historical stories about their use in kitchens, living rooms and cellars. Their status is not obvious. Nowadays they have to compete with objects made for the same purpose with modern materials. During the years the range of the market has extended with clothes and accessories. Possibly we can find images of these items in paintings from for example Rembrandt. He was a great collector of these kind of objects and lived in the neighbourhood. Some current visitors continue to believe that they will find a prop between the trade that escaped the merchant’s look.

In a salient similarity between the market then and now, the producers go to the large public spaces of the city to sell their wares, together with the merchants who exclusively buy and sell. They both find a place on the market. The Noordermarkt on Saturdays offers like no other market such an attractive combination of both. The colourful and lively character of this market attracts visitors of all ages from all over the world and it is a very interesting meeting place surrounded by cosy pubs, lovely terraces and delicious restaurants.

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