About the Pedestrian MallThe Kalverstraat pedestrian mall is one of the most popular shopping places - it does not allow vehicles to enter, so it is very popular and full of shops and stalls. You will find almost everything - international brand stores, Dutch stores, clothing, souvenirs, music, books and much more.
Another name for the pedestrian mall is the "Calf Market," thanks to the market that stood here in the 16th century. The market operated since 1486 as a cattle and sheep market and was originally called the "Bull Market." In 1629 this name was changed to the calf market. Today the name is Kalverstraat pedestrian mall. Throughout history and to this day many visitors and tourists have come to this area.
The length of the pedestrian mall is 750 meters, starting at Dam Square and ending in Montorn (the Mint Tower). You will find stores of companies and brands such as: Zara, Crocs, H & M, Vans, Mango and more. The stores are open seven days a week.
About the "Stille Omgang" ParadeSometimes you can hear people calling Amsterdam "The City of Miracles." It was not by chance that the city gained its name, for there had been quite a few miracles in history. One of the most striking examples of such a miracle is the Stille Omgang procession. The procession is conducted once a year, it is festive and special, but is conducted under exemplary silence.
So what's the whole story about?
The story took place here in 1345. A sick man was lying in the bed of his house on Kalverstraat (yes, the one where you are now) and dying. While counting his last days, feeling that he was going to die, the man invited the local priest to conduct his final ceremonies including the blessing sacrament. The Catholic priest came to greet the dying believer at his home and gave him the sacrament. But the patient vomited the bread, straight into the fire. Surprisingly, the bread was not digested. The next day they took the bread to the city's big church, but, surprisingly, later in the day, the bread was again found in the sick man's house. Since then, the Catholic community in Amsterdam has marked the miracle in the Stille Omgang parade, which takes place every year on the night of March 15th. Thousands of people march together, with candles in their hands, and pass through the city.