Homomonument, Amsterdam

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The Homomonument is a memorial in the centre of Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. It commemorates all gay men and lesbians who have been subjected to persecution because of their homosexuality. Opened on September 5, 1987, it takes the form of three large pink triangles made of granite, set into the ground so as to form a larger triangle, on the bank of the Keizersgracht canal, near the historic Westerkerk church. The Homomonument was designed to "inspire and support lesbians and gays in their struggle against denial, oppression and discrimination." It was the first monument in the world to commemorate gays and lesbians who were killed by the Nazis.Later, similar monuments were realised in a number of cities all around the world.HistoryIn 1980 artists were invited to submit designs and a jury was assembled consisting of experts in the fields of art and design. The jury chose a design by Karin Daan, based on the pink triangle. With the triangle on the water as its central point, Daan expanded the design to make her work as monumental as possible without disrupting the surroundings.The idea of a permanent memorial to gay and lesbian victims of persecution dated from 1970, when gay activists were arrested for attempting to place a lavender wreath at the National War Memorial (Netherlands) on Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam. The wreath was removed by police and denounced as a disgrace.
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  • Memorial to the homosexual victims persecuted and murdered during the Nazi era. You notice a little from the street level, there are three triangles of a certain size and to see them better, should be viewed from above. Little-known attraction and little reported.
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  • From the reviews we read..we thought a must.but a very conservative monument by the canal. Very close to Ana Frank House so just plan maybe 5 extra minutes when going to Ana Frank.  more »
  • You can easily miss it. It's just steps with flowers on them. There's a small sign. The gesture is much appreciated though.  more »
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  • This monument is a bit difficult to determine its location, mainly because of the many people sitting on the raised triangle as a bench. The monument consists of three triangles forming a larger triangle. The information panel, as well as the third triangle are on the canal side of the square, facing away from Nieuwe Kerk
  • This momument is the first of its sort; it represents the symbol used in the concentration camps to mark gays, like the Star of David for Jews. Gays were banned (and forcebly removed) from the war monument on De Dam on the fourth of may, which marks the Remembrance of the Dead, and is concidered a day to commemorate all who died in the second world war. Gays were banned, in part, because being gay was concidered a mental illness in the Netherlands untill the 1990's.
  • Unfortunately this place is overrun by people waiting for the Anne Frank house / museum. So disrespectful.
  • Nice place to sit but not when it has rained as the stone doesn't get rid of the water on it. It is also not really noticable as a monument asside from the big sign.
  • Nice place if you want to take alittle rest

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