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    Posted June 13, 2014 by
    RonaldDJ
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    Amsterdam, Netherlands
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    Amsterdam, The Skinny Bridge

     

    One of Amsterdam’s most beautiful bridges is the “Magere Brug” (Skinny Bridge). After its construction in 1691 this wooden drawbridge appeared to be so narrow that it was hard for two people to pass each other. To cope with increasing traffic, a wider bridge replaced the narrow original in 1871. There is a local legend that the bridge was named after the Skinny Sisters. These two well-off sisters lived on opposite sides of the river. They are said to have had the wooden bridge built to make it easier to visit one another. In the evenings, the Skinny Bridge is very popular with loving couples and photographers. Thousands of lights romantically illuminate it at night, making this bridge one of the most famous tourist attractions in Amsterdam.

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