Thoughts and memories of living and traveling abroad

XXX

What the heck does it mean? I’ve tried asking several Dutch people but they either…don’t know! Or can’t seem to translate it. (After learning what it means I think they might not really know either.)

If you haven’t been to Amsterdam you may not know what I’m talking about. There are 3 vertical X’s on their coat of arms. 

 

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The Dutch must be very proud of their coat of arms because these 3 X’s are EVERYwhere! (Not just in the Red Light District) On No-parking poles lining the streets, churches, bridges…

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Street Cleaner

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Soooo…what does it mean already?  Contrary to popular belief, XXX has nothing to do with anything extreme or pornographic. It is quite interesting though…

The crosses make up the center of the crest of the city of Amsterdam and they represent fire, water and the plague. It dates back to the late 1200s. They are Saint Andrew crosses that protect the city against (fire) since houses then were made of wood, (water) because Amsterdam is below sea level and (the plague) because who wants to get that?

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2 responses

  1. Adam

    Hey;
    Cool pics. Looks like ya’ll are having a good time. Be safe over there.

    Adam

    March 19, 2009 at 1:41 am

  2. Chase

    Very Intresting….
    i would have thought it was some kind of Straight Edge Zone or something! lol

    March 13, 2009 at 4:05 pm

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