The Smallepadsgracht is a short and narrow canal in the Amsterdam-Centrum district of Amsterdam. It is in the Westelijke Eilanden (Western Islands) neighborhood.

Smallepadsgracht 1818 by Gerrit Lamberts
Postal code1016
Coordinates52.387442°N 4.885917°E / 52.387442; 4.885917
North endZoutkeetsgracht
ToRealengracht / Prinseneilandsgracht
Construction start17th century


The Smallepadsgracht is on the west side of the Realeneiland and connects the Zoutkeetsgracht with the Realengracht and Prinseneilandsgracht. Unusually, there are no bridges over this canal, nor is there a quay that runs along the canal. Vierwindenstraat on Realeneiland terminates on the canal.

Smallepadsgracht originated in the defenses of Amsterdam added outside the Haarlemmerdijk and Hogendijk during the expansion of the city, with the active advice of Maurice, Prince of Orange. A path ran along the strongholds, ramparts and mills, the Smalle Pad (Narrow Path).[1] The counterpart of the Lijnbaansgracht outside the dike was a ditch along that Narrow Path, sometimes called the Smallepadsgracht.[2]

The Brandspuitenboek by Jan van der Heyden has is an etching of the path and canal: Fire on June 24, 1680 in three ropemakers on the Schans on the Smallepadsgracht". Another engraving, attributed to Laurens Scherm, shows the ruins of the three burnt out lijnbanen.[3] On the Schutterswijkkaart from around 1770 the present Planciusstraat is named "Het Smalle Pad", with the Smalle Pads Graft converging towards the road at its northern end towards the lock on Zoutkeetsgracht.[4]

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    • Huyser, Bram; Bakker, Theo, "van Smalle Pad tot Planciusstraat" (PDF), Theo Bakker’s Domein, retrieved 2019-07-25
    • Ruïnes van de drie uitgebrande lijnbanen op de schans aan de Smallepadsgracht, 1680, Laurens Scherm (toegeschreven aan), naar Jan van der Heyden, 1690 - 1735 (in Dutch), rijksmuseum, retrieved 2019-07-25
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