We will head to the glorious city of Zaandam.
Zaandam – the embodiment ofgood old Holland in the open – is an open-air exhibition of Dutch mills, wooden shoes, green wooden houses.
The city is famous for the fact that the Russian Tsar Peter the First worked as a carpenter here at the shipyard, when he was only 25 years old, and the house where he lived was preserved.
In the center of the city on the sidewalk there are Peter the First’s “footprints” leading to the landmarks: the monument to Peter the Great and to the house where he once lived for a short time.
The monument was donated to the city by Nicholas the II in 1911. This is a copy of the same monument in St. Petersburg, whichwas installed at around the same time on the embankment of the Neva river.
Peter arrived in Zaandam on August 18, 1697. He came to Holland under the name of one of his military officers to veil his true personality.
However, the Russian tsaronly stayed in this city for a week. There were rumors going around in Holland about the Russian tsar working as a carpenter in Zaandam, and a multitude of curious people started looking for him. So in a short time,it forced Peter the First to leave to Amsterdam.
Now Zaandam is the center of the urban agglomeration Zaandstad, which includes several satellite cities. By the way, Zaandam was a pioneer in many things for Holland: in 1971 the first European McDonalds appeared here, and in the beginning of the 90s the Dutch rave culture began forming here.
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