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Wooden House

This wooden house at Zeedijk 1 was built in 1550 and is one of the last two original wooden houses in Amsterdam. In the 17th century sailors stayed in this tavern. They were allowed to pay their bills with monkeys brought from overseas. These cute monkeys were, of course, full of fleas. Someone who scratched his head back then had probably spent the night here, was the assumption. The Dutch expression "je bent in de aap gelogeerd" (you spent the night in the monkey) is still used, meaning that you are in trouble. Nowadays there is a cafe here, which is still called 'In' t Aepjen'.

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