Dam Square Amsterdam

deserted royal palace dam square amsterdam in twilight

The city’s first settlers lived around Dam Square.
Dam Square Amsterdam is the historic heart of the city.
A dam was built in the Amstel river, hence the name Amstel’s dam.
The first inhabitants were fishermen and traders, who in 1275 received an exemption from toll from Count Floris the Fifth. This is also the oldest official document of the trading city.

http://www.amsterdamdam.nl/english/