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National Monument

Address: Dam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)
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Ranked #178 of 515 things to do in Amsterdam
Type: Monuments & statues, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Monuments & statues, Sights & Landmarks

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Nice monument, in memorial to soldiers who fought and died in the last world war, it will certainly catch your eye, and you will definitely see it if you are visiting Amsterdam as it is in the famous Dam Square opposite the royal palace, and it is really nice looking, a fine tribute to the mighty Dutch armed forces.

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The National Monument is an obelisk in Dam Square, Amsterdam, which commemorates those who died in World War II. You can't miss it because it stands proud, directly opposite to the fabulous Royal Palace. The square itself is very busy (both day and night) and many people gather around the monument and, thus, it becomes a meeting spot. However, despite... More 

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Dundee, Scotland
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I love visiting monuments and this was no different however, it was truly hard to enjoy without being shoved past or getting in somebody's way! It appears that this is the central meeting point for everyone and it just makes appreciating the monument so hard. Architecturally, its a beautiful piece with such a significant meaning behind it explained in my... More 

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manchester
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192 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

..which does mean that it loses its significance when surrounded by large groups of e.g. milling schoolchildren. The review on 17th July 2014 explained its significance so check that out as you will get more out of a visit if you know what you are looking at.

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Tempe, Arizona
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

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 helpful votes 6 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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156 helpful votes 156 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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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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