The city of Amsterdam enjoys great fame for being the proud owner of one of the most important intact historical city centres in the world. The distinctive Amsterdam cityscape is dominated by canal houses, most of them built as residences for wealthy citizens. These rich mansions are characterised by narrow, relatively tall facades, crowned by richly ornamented gable tops. Amsterdam Heritage includes an introduction to the history of Amsterdam as well as an outline of the topographical development of the city. Moreover, this website offers you a unique opportunity to take part in a virtual guided tour along the most significant historic buildings and sites. Detailed information on the architecture and on the preservation of historic buildings is presented along the way.