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National Monument

Dam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)
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Ranked #107 of 246 Attractions in Amsterdam
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks

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Tempe, Arizona
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93 reviews 93 reviews
30 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

It's a an important monument for the Dutch, but not something to go out of your way to see unless you have a WW2 monument bucket list to complete.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 via mobile

We went in the evening and it looks impressive lit up. The sculpture at the top is very powerful imagery and it is huge. The lion sculpture is also good. Would like more explanation of the meaning visible. The setting is particularly peaceful at night in contrast to the lively daytime activity. Worth a look both at night and during... More 

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Melbourne
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362 reviews 362 reviews
184 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

It is a monument to WWII. The conical pillar is the main part of the monument and is made from a white stone. There is an inlay which is related to the war and consists of male figures. Weeping dogs are at their feet, representing suffering and loyalty. Above the inlay is a sculpture of a woman with a child... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Great spot in central square, take the time to take a close look. Bars and restaurants can have a great view

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Malmo, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We went there several times passing by. We did not know the history and because of that, it was just another square with a monument. Loads of people and some cafes. The city is amazing, do not get me wrong. But there is not much reason to go to this monument for the sake of visiting if your not in... More 

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Almere, The Netherlands
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Impressive monument with at the back 12 stones. Eleven of them respresent the wapens of the eleven provences. In each compartment earth from that provence from a spot where people died, the 12th one is to represent all other.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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45 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The National Monument is a 1956 World War II monument on Dam Square in Amsterdam. The monument has four chained men signifying the suffering endured during the second world war. On either side of these chained men are two men signifying the dutch resistance. Weeping dogs are at their feet, representing suffering and loyalty. Above the central relief is a... More 

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Evansville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

You really can't miss it. It stands high directly opposite to the Royal Palace on the Dam. It's a remembrance stop. Many gather around it and it becomes a meeting spot.

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Davenport, Iowa
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42 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

This monument is very well done and I found it quite breathtaking. It is huge and has a lot of detail, which makes it both easy to find and nice to take a moment and look at. This monument is for those affected by WWI and on May 6th there is a very nice program that takes place where people... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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49 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This is the National Monument right in the heart of the city centre. It is a good meeting point and a guided walking tour of the city leaves here at 11:15 which is excellent. Not much else to say really.

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