What is the meaning of XXX in Amsterdam?

What is the meaning of XXX in Amsterdam

Many people wonder about the meaning of XXX in Amsterdam. In many places in Amsterdam, you can find this symbol consisting of three vertical crosses. It can be seen on historic buildings, municipality vehicles, flags, crowns, coats of arms, canal houses, drain covers and most noticeably, on bollards (known locally as Amsterdammertjes) which stop vehicles from driving on the pavement.

Visitors may speculate whether the crosses are linked to the red-light district or X-rated shows. Indeed, many shops sell souvenirs that portray this association. However, the crosses have nothing to do with the infamous adult entertainment industry. These symbols are St Andrew’s crosses and are also known as saltires. They have appeared on Amsterdam’s coat of arms since 1505. St. Andrew was martyred the 1st century AD and was crucified on an x shaped cross and was a fisherman. Amsterdam began as a fishing port and all ships registered there displayed the three crosses.

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