Houses along the canals, Amsterdam

The History of Architecture
In Amsterdam, you may have the impression that the houses lean forward. Too much coffeeshop? Not exactly. In the Dutch capital, houses were built slanting forwards towards the canal. Why? For two reasons: first, to shelter pedestrians from the rain; second, to safely and easily haul heavy items to upper floors using a pulley system on the roof, since staircases in Amsterdam are too narrow. There you have it. Now you know.Houses along the canals, Amsterdam
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