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Amsterdam Sinking

 

Why so crooked__

 

Amsterdam is a beautiful city, but if you spend any amount of time looking at the buildings, something seems, well… off. Now, I’m not saying that the builders were partaking in the local, let’s say delicacies, but I’m not saying they weren’t either. In all seriousness though, Amsterdam and pretty much most, if not all of the Netherlands, has been fighting an ongoing battle with Poseidon for centuries. The buildings in Amsterdam were actually built on thousands of wooden poles so that they didn’t sink down into the soft soil. But, like most things, it isn’t perfect and some buildings settled, or sunk a little bit, giving the city a charming, off kilter look.

Fun Fact: A lot of buildings also lean forward, only on purpose so when people use the hooks on the top to move in, whatever they’re hauling doesn’t hit the side.

 

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