Cruquiuseiland

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Cruquiuseiland
Neighborhood of Amsterdam
The Veemarkt
The Veemarkt
Coordinates: 52°22′37″N 4°56′34″E / 52.37694°N 4.94278°E / 52.37694; 4.94278Coordinates: 52°22′37″N 4°56′34″E / 52.37694°N 4.94278°E / 52.37694; 4.94278
Country Netherlands
City Amsterdam
Named for Nicolaas Kruik, commonly known by the Latinized Nicolaus Samuelis Cruquius
Population (2011)
 • Total 3,586
Website http://www.oost.amsterdam.nl/buurten-0/oostelijk/cruquiuseiland/

Cruquiuseiland (English: Cruquius Island) is a suburb the Eastern Docklands in the Zeeburg district of Amsterdam. The majority of the area is the man-made Cruquius Island itself, although some adjacent land is also part of the area. It is boarded on the north by Borneolaan (between Dirk Vreekenstraat and C. van Eesterenlaan), the west is near bounded by rail, the south by Lozingskanaal and the east by the Rijnkannel.

History[edit]

Cruquius Island was built between 1875 and 1925 originally for the expansion of the Port of Amsterdam.

The 19th century saw a movement away from private slaughterhouses, and toward public slaughterhouses. To this end, the Veemarkt (Cattle market) was provisioned in Cruquiuseiland.[1] It was designed by the architects A.C. Boerma and E. Damen, and constructed in 1887. There was a marketplace and stables for cows, calves, horses, sheep and pigs. The area also included municipal customs warehouse, and an abattoir which was expanded in 1919. Only eight buildings have been preserved, including the homes of the market manager and the weigher, the canteen building with monumental gate and a police station. The buildings are the oldest building of the Eastern Docklands[2] Subsequently, the majority of the area has been converted into residential buildings, although there are many business premises, particularly to the east and to the southwest side. In the late 80s former warehouses along Zeeburgerkade were converted into 390 premium houses.

Two modern apartment buildings in Cruquiuseiland: The long winding Entrepotbrug building, with De Watertoren behind

Museums[edit]

Cruquiuseiland hosts the Persmuseum ("The Press Museum") and the Museum Perron Ooost [3]

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