The Leliegracht (Lily Canal) is a canal in Amsterdam between Herengracht (no. 148 and 169) and Prinsengracht (no. 124 and 241). The canal lies within the west of the Grachtengordel (canal belt) in the Jordaan neighborhood of the Amsterdam-Centrum district .

Leliegracht by Hendrik Keun (1738–87)
Location in Jordaan (dark blue)
Postal code1015, 1016
Coordinates52.375232°N 4.886421°E / 52.375232; 4.886421
East endHerengracht
Construction start17th century


The canal was dug after 1612 when the canal belt was created south of the Brouwersgracht. The remains of a lock can be recognized on the Prinsengracht side. That lock was necessary because the water of the Prinsengracht (along with the rest of the Jordaan Canals) remained at the polder level, while the water level in the Leliegracht, Keizersgracht and Herengracht was at the higher city level.

Six of the eleven Jordanian canals were filled in in the 19th century. Only the Bloemgracht, Egelantiersgracht, Lauriergracht, Looiersgracht and Passeerdersgracht remained besides the canal belt Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, Herengracht, Singel, Lijnbaansgracht, Brouwersgracht, Leliegracht and Leidsegracht.


  • The 'Astoria' building on the corner of the Leliegracht and the Keizersgracht is an example of Art Nouveau architecture. It was built in 1905 by order of the 'Eerste Hollandse Levensverzekerings-Bank' after designs by architects Gerrit van Arkel and Herman Hendrik Baanders.
  • Leliegracht 9-11 is a typical example of a 'twin building', with a clock façade in Louis Quinze style. Although it is a twin building, the building at Leliegracht 11 is just a little wider.
  • Leliegracht 41-43 (built around 1725 ) is a twin building with neck gables in Style Louis XIV.

Famous residents


  • Spencer Tunick (born 1967), American visual artist, realized an installation in 2007, which consisted of making photo, video and film recordings of a small group of naked men and women on the Leliegracht.
  • Between 1912 and 1960 there was a cinema theater on the corner of the Prinsengracht and the Leliegracht that was initially called 'the Prinsentheater' and later 'the Nova'.

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