canal houses are very popular in Amsterdam. Some of these narrow
buildings are 500 years old. They lean at very odd angles, adding
a certain charm to the city. Once taxes were assessed by the size
of the frontage, forcing the thrifty Dutch to build their homes very narrow.
Some canal houses are barely wider than the front door! Amsterdam
now has strict regulations prohibiting new construction in the historic
area (practically the whole central city). So ongoing renovations
keep the houses livable. Restored canal houses can be worth millions
Note:Amsterdam's old canal houses are constantly being renovated, adding charm and elegance to the city center.
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