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Zeedijk, Amsterdam

The Zeedijk -- literally, Sea Dike -- has seen highs and lows of different types since it was first constructed at the beginning of the 13th century. At the time the dike protected a growing Amsterdam against the open sea.


A virtual 'no-go' area in the 1970s and early '80s, today the Zeedijk is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.


And yes, that's a Buddhist temple over there -- overseen by women who have devoted themselves to Fo Guang Shan, a branch of Zen Buddhism that arose in 1965 in Taiwan.


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Taken on July 24, 2008