Spinoza Monument

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Neighborhood: Centrum
Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe. Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring hardly more than a moment’s stroll away. With the well-connected Centraal Station as Centrum’s base, it's easy to travel farther afield via one of the city’s iconic trams.
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  • Waterlooplein • 3 min walk
  • Nieuwmarkt • 6 min walk
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Shakir Sharfraz A
Amstelveen, The Netherlands341 contributions
Stumbled on this statue when strolling around Waterlooplein market. The coat of the philosopher were marked curiously with parrots and other birds. There is a geometric solid lying close to the statue. There are chairs nearby to enjoy the scenic view of Amstel river and canal houses. Rembrandt museum is only a quick stroll from here. The Waterlooplein market is also few steps away.
Written July 25, 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK157,761 contributions
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This monument stands in tribute to Baruch Spinoza, the 17th century Amsterdam. An early thinker during the Enlightenment. Considered one of the great rationalists of the time, he is known for his ideas about freedom of expression, tolerance and freedom of religion.

The monument features a stone platform, on which stands a bronze sculpture of Spinoza and next to him an icosahedron of polished granite. The sculpture of Spinoza is fairly simple showing the head and face of Spinoza, while the rest of his body is fully covered with a cloak. The cloak has patterns of parakeets and roses symbolising the multiculturalism of Dutch society and a reference to Spinoza which means thorn in Portuguese.
Written August 1, 2019
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China148,459 contributions
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The Spinoza Monument is located at Zwanenburgwal near City Hall. Here you find a sculpture of the Jewish born philosopher who was born nearby this location in the 17th century.

The statue is the work of Dutch sculptor Nicolas Dings (2008). What you see is a bronze of Spinoza in a cloak, which includes parakeets from far away places mixed with native sparrows. The intermingling of birds symbolises multicultural society of Amsterdam. The statue stands upon a terrazzo platform with an engraving of his name.

There is an information plaque nearby with information related to Spinoza as well as this monument. This is worth a brief reading when viewing.
Written June 30, 2019
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Flavio Niemeyer
Katy, TX62 contributions
Family
Beautiful statue to pay a homage to one of the greatest Philosophers of the History. Baruch Spinoza helped humankind to think in a deeper way about our own existence.
Written March 17, 2018
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chickandbeast
Southgate, Canada8,523 contributions
Couples
Spinoza Monument Amsterdam The Netherlands is a historical monument dedcated to Baruch Benedictus Spinoza. He was a Dutch Philosopher with a Jewish background who had strong views on freedom.
They really know how to celebrate and highlight the history of Amsterdam with many monuments as you walkthrough any street and park.
Written November 6, 2018
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA13,453 contributions
A nice statue commemorating a famous intelligent figure, good street art and worth a quick look and photo.,
Written December 28, 2018
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schaillimonae
Mary Tavy, UK224 contributions
Couples
We came upon this historical monument dedicated to Baruch Benedictus Spinoza. He was a Dutch Philosopher with a Jewish background who had strong views on freedom. Probably best known for the statement “The purpose of the state is freedom.” Now that’s relevant in any time in history.
Written December 22, 2018
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,491 contributions
Couples
The Spinoza monument along Amstel River is erected for memorizing the historical philosopher of the country. Just a quick photo stop for tourists passing by this spot.
Written October 23, 2018
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cigd70072
Victoria, Canada450 contributions
Beautiful and commanding statue of Spinoza pops up to the left of City Government Offices along the Amstel River. It is a short 5-minute walk from the Waterlooplein dock (a stop for the hop-on/hop-off canal tours).

It is close to the distinctive National Opera House which is easily identified from the water. Close by is a tram station - easy to continue your trip around Amsterdam.

The monument really captured the spirit, the elegance and the dignity of its subject. Well worth a visit!
Written September 18, 2018
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BarbieMegaTraveller
Sydney, Australia7,239 contributions
Couples
This monument is in a great location in the Jewish Quarter, nearby a canal and has quite a relaxing feel around. A good location to take a break, sit and enjoy the views and the location as well as the monument itself.

Baruch Spinoza was a philosopher in the 17th century, born and raised as part of the Portuguese Jewish community of which there were many generations that had settled from Portugal and Spain. At a young age he questioned the teachings of the Old Testament among Jews and also the teachings of the Bible among Christians. At a time when religion was everything and religious leaders were to be followed without question, you can imagine his philosophy did not win him any friends and he was disliked and shunned by both Jewish and Christian communities.

Despite this, his belief that we should care for each other as human beings first, regardless of religious preference is a theory held by most people and communities today. He was ahead of his time and the glorious cape he wears on his monument is covered in The birds on the statue are rose-ringed parakeets which have migrated to Amsterdam in the past decade and symbolises how it was considered an immigrant city in the 17th century.
Written June 9, 2017
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