Waterlooplein was created in [] when the Leprozengracht and Houtgracht canals were filled in. The square is named after the [[Battle of Waterloo]] in [].
The square became a marketplace when the city government decided that the [[Jew|Jewish]] merchants in the nearby [[Jodenbreestraat]] and [[Sint Antoniebreestraat]] had to move their stalls to the square. The Waterlooplein became a daily market (except on Saturdays, the Jewish [[shabbat|sabbath]]) in [].
During [[World War II]] the Jewish quarter was emptied of its residents as the Nazis rounded them up and sent them to concentration camps. The Waterlooplein market had disappeared by []. After the war, the Jewish quarter was left deserted, and the Waterlooplein market became a flea market. The market currently has some 300 stalls and is open every day except Sunday.
In [], the [[Joods Historisch Museum|Jewish Historical Museum]] presented an exhibition of paintings and photographs depicting Waterlooplein. The exhibition included works by [[Wolfgang Suschitzky]], [[Max Liebermann]] and [[Oskar Kokoschka]].
Waterlooplein is a stop on the [[Amsterdam metro]] line. Tram lines 9 and 14 and the Museumboot water taxi also stop on Waterlooplein. There is a taxi stand and parking garage.
Well-known sights near Waterlooplein include:
* The [[Blauwbrug]] and [[Magere Brug]] bridges across the [[Amstel]] river
* The [[Rembrandt House Museum]]
* The [[Portuguese Synagogue]]
* The [[Joods Historisch Museum|Jewish Historical Museum]]
* The [[Hermitage Amsterdam]] museum
== קישורים חיצוניים==
* [http://www.euronet.nl/users/edusoft/waterloo/indexeng.html כיכר ווטרלו]
אתר המוזיאון היהודי]