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The 'Skinny Bridge' is considered to be one of Amsterdam's most beautiful bridges. Thousands of lights illuminate it at night. The bridge is very popular with lovers, photographers and tourists.

Some local people say that the bridge was named after the Mager Sisters (mager is Dutch for skinny). These two well-to-do sisters lived on opposite sides of the river. They are said to have had the wooden bridge built to make it easier to visit one another.

The real explanation is that the bridge used to be so narrow that it was hard for two pedestrians to pass one another. When traffic along the Amstel increased, a wider one replaced the narrow bridge in 1871. The word 'Skinny' no longer applies to the bridge. As you can see from the photo, lorries now use it.

This photo was scanned, reduced and sharpened. I also tried blurring the sky to reduce noise.

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