Wednesday, May 22: Golden Age of Amsterdam

The Amsterdam, a VOC East Indiaman by the Maritime Museum

A visit to the monumental Portuguese Synagogue, the largest Jewish building in the seventeenth century, that also withstood Nazi occupation during World War II. We enjoyed an impressive visit of the Rembrandt House, including a spectacular collection of original drawings and etchings, as well as a demonstration of etching production in the printing room used by Rembrandt. We then walked to the extraordinary Maritime Museum, with a visit of an authentic reproduction of a Dutch East Indiaman, the “Amsterdam.” That afternoon, we enjoyed a tour of the spectacular canals of Amsterdam, ‘the Venice of the North.’