Four national monuments in Amsterdam are receiving a total of over a million euros from the Dutch government for restoration and major maintenance. In total the government is giving 34 million euros extra for the restoration of national monuments, windmills and mobile heritage, Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of Education, Culture and Science announced, Het Parol reports.
The city of Amsterdam renamed the Westerkerk tram stop to the Homo-Monument stop for Tuesday, the 30th birthday of the monument on Westermarkt. On September 5th, 1987 the Homo-Monument was unveiled. According to the municipality, it was the first gay monument in public space in the world, NU.nl reports.
On Tuesday evening the documentary Monument van Trots by Sebastiaan Kes will premiere at the monument. The accompanying exhibition and the film will tour through the Netherlands after Tuesday.
Grumpy faces on Amsterdam residents on Friday morning can be blamed on sleep deprivation caused by the Westertoren. The bells of the church tower started playing at around 4:00 a.m. on Friday morning, and didn't stop until well after sunrise, AT5 reports.
The bells usually ring every quarter hour. But on Friday morning they didn't stop. The bells played continually from 4:00 a.m. until around 7:30 a.m., repeating the same tune over and over.
Why this happened is not yet clear. The coordinating caretaker told the Telegraaf that the problem may lie in the outdated computer.
Dutch astronaut and scientist Wubbo Ockels was memorialized in Amsterdam on Sunday. Around 800 people were invited for the gathering in the Westerkerk to remember the late Ockels, including many colleagues and ex-students.