It is halfway through the Golden Age and Amsterdam is the centre of the world, unequalled in wealth and beauty. Visitors from home and abroad admired this city of prosperous merchants with its grand canals and town palaces. Do you see that carriage there, up on the bridge? It carries the 17th century Cornelis de Graeff and his sister, Christina. Behind them in the saddle are brothers Pieter and Jacob de Graeff, sons of the mayor of Amsterdam, Cornelis de Graeff. Pieter de Graeff was one of the richest Amsterdammers in the Golden Age. He grew up on the Herengracht.
To this day, the hundreds of merchant residences and grand canal houses give the Amsterdam canal ring its special character and allure.