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This is a street that has two names: One half of the street is called Bierkade, the other half is called Venediën.

The Bierkade (Beer Quay) is the place where beer merchants from Haarlem owned various buildings and brought the beer ashore from their ships. The beer was stored in these beautiful historic buildings and distributed throughout the region. At the time, drinking beer was safer than water and therefore very popular. However, beer was also expensive, so it was a lucrative trade. These buildings were later bought by notables, resulting in the beautiful characteristic and elegant houses that we can still admire today. A large part of these buildings are national monuments. Do you want to know which ones? Have a look at the Atlas of the municipality of Purmerend. 

Beer has never left Purmerend. No…

The Bierkade (Beer Quay) is the place where beer merchants from Haarlem owned various buildings and brought the beer ashore from their ships. The beer was stored in these beautiful historic buildings and distributed throughout the region. At the time, drinking beer was safer than water and therefore very popular. However, beer was also expensive, so it was a lucrative trade. These buildings were later bought by notables, resulting in the beautiful characteristic and elegant houses that we can still admire today. A large part of these buildings are national monuments. Do you want to know which ones? Have a look at the Atlas of the municipality of Purmerend. 

Beer has never left Purmerend. Nowadays you can enjoy delicious beers in the cafes on the Koemarkt and the city still has its own brewery! Halfway through the Bierkade, the street name changes to Venediën. In the past, this part, which at the time was still on the water, looked a lot like the Italian Venice. 

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