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History of buried gems: Treasure hunting in Amsterdam

history,amsterdam,treasure hunting

History of buried gems: Treasure hunting in Amsterdam

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Category: Amsterdam
D-Drops; History of Treasure hunting in Amsterdam

Ahoy, treasure hunters! Are you ready to embark on a journey through the winding canals and charming streets of Amsterdam in search of buried riches? Well, grab also your metal detector and not only your phone because we’re about to dive into the rich (and sometimes strange) history of treasure hunting in the Dutch capital. Dating back to the city’s days as a major port and trading hub.


The trading hub of treasures

First things first, let’s talk about why treasure hunting in Amsterdam was such a big deal in the past. For starters, the city has a long and storied history as a major trading hub, meaning that it was a prime spot for merchants to bury their valuables for safekeeping. In addition, its many canals provided a convenient and discreet way for pirates and other ne’er-do-wells to bury their loot and make a quick getaway.

In the past, its canals and waterways were a major draw for treasure hunters looking to uncover lost cargo and other valuable items from ships that had sunk in the nearby waters. Many of these treasure hunters were professional divers who would spend months, even years, diving into the depths of the canals, searching for lost treasure.

History picture: Diving suites during treasure hunting in Amsterdam

As the city grew and prospered, so did the amount of treasure hunters. In the 17th century, Amsterdam was at the height of its golden age, and the city became a major center for trade and commerce. Many wealthy merchants and traders would commission treasure hunters to search for valuable items to add to their personal collections. This led to the discovery of many valuable treasures, including gold, silver, precious jewels, and rare artifacts. These treasures were often recovered from ships that had sunk in the nearby waters, and many of them had been lost for centuries.

Another notable treasure found was in the 19th century, when a large collection of medieval and Renaissance art was discovered in the city’s many churches and monasteries. This treasure trove included priceless paintings, sculptures, and manuscripts that had been hidden away for centuries. These artworks were of great historical significance and many of them are still on display in famous museums such as Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum. For more information about these museums and sightseeing spots, please visit our previous post.

Finding real gems of history…

But, the the found treasures in Amsterdam or not all glitter and glamour. In fact, some of the most interesting finds have been quite…unusual. For example, in the 1980s, a group of treasure hunters dug up a collection of 18th-century chamber pots (yes, you read that correctly) in the city’s Oud-West neighborhood. And, in 2012, a metal detector enthusiast uncovered a stash of World War II-era ration coupons in the same area.

But, it’s not just about the treasure itself, it’s also about the thrill of the hunt! And let’s be real, who doesn’t love a good mystery? Back in the day, treasure hunting was a major pastime, with countless individuals and groups scouring the city for hidden treasures.

But, what about Amsterdam today?

The answer is, not much has changed! Today, its treasure hunting scene may not be as prominent as it once was, but the city still holds many treasures waiting to be discovered. Many antique shops and markets in the city still hold valuable artifacts and treasures waiting to be found. In addition, many historical buildings and landmarks in the city have yet to be fully explored, and it’s not uncommon for treasure hunters to stumble upon valuable artifacts and treasures while exploring these sites.

People still love to hunt for treasures. These days, treasure hunting is less about digging up buried riches and more about collecting money and prizes. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t still find some real treasure if you’re lucky. So, grab your phone, download the D-Drops treasure hunting app and start exploring the city of Amsterdam like never before! And again it’s not a country!

Hunting future gems

In conclusion, treasure hunting in Amsterdam is a rich and fascinating history filled with gold coins, chamber pots, and ration coupons. And whether you’re a seasoned treasure hunter or a curious tourist, there’s something new to discover in this city. So, grab your mobile, open the D-Drops app and become a treasure hunter!”

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