Just steps away from the Bronze Breastplate …
The statue of BELLE at Oudekerksplein in Amsterdam is not about that Belle from Beauty and the Beast!
Located within Amsterdam’s Red Light District next to the Oude Kerk (translation: Old Church), this Belle sculpture was erected in honor of all world sex workers. The plaque reads, “RESPECT SEXWORKERS ALL OVER THE WORLD”.
This statue was commissioned by the Prostitute Information Center’s founder Mariska Majoor. Yes, there is such thing as the Prostitute Information Center!
It was unveiled in March 2007 as part of the Red Light District’s Annual Open Day. Belle is the work of Dutch artist Els Rijerse.
Definitely not your average neighborhood church statue!