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Amsterdam's Red Light District: Bethlemsteeg

Bethlemsteeg, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt)
Photo taken in August 2015.
The first six windows in Bethlemsteeg were closed on 1st January 2015 because of Project 1012. Builders quickly changed the 6 separate rooms into a more conventional layout. No. 10 and 11 remain open.  


Bethlemsteeg, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt)
Photo taken 2009.
Bethlemsteeg was one of the main window streets in Amsterdam's red light district. It has a strange number system where rooms 10 & 11 appear to be the wrong way round. These rooms are in fact associated with La Vie en Rose which in these photos would be behind the photographer (me) and on the left hand side. Here there are 9 inside rooms and 10 & 11 are a continuation of these along Bethlemsteeg. I guess this was due to different owners converting normal dwellings into red light windows and then numbering them 1 to whatever. You can see how previously the wall was a reddish colour on these two rooms. This extends back past La Vie en Rose and onto La Vie en Proost.
In the distance is Trompettersteeg, this is on the other side of Sint Annendwarsstraat and this whole area is commonly known as the Sexy Land area after the old Sexy Land adult shop and peep show which was on the corner of Sint Annendwarsstraat and Bethlemsteeg but closed in 2012.

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