Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path Tips by Jarin
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In 1787 opened this neo-classical building its doors (by Jacob Otten Husly designed), which was especially built for the Felix Meritis Society. It was a society of the citizens of Amsterdam for the advancement of arts and sciences and was founded in 1777.
In the past Mozart, Edvard Grieg and J. Brahms gave here concerts.
After abt. two decades to have housed here Dutch Communist Party (since 1946) it got back its cultural function and today houses here A European Centre for Arts and Sciences.
Other Contact: address: Keizersgracht 324
It shows us in a realistic way how we will live and work in the future. You will be guided through various rooms in your future house (kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom, etc). The high tech, which we know only from some science fiction films, you can see here with your own eyes.
Tickets must be reserved first, groups Monday through Friday and individual visitors (like family) only in weekends. Please ask for details in your hotel.
Other Contact: De Entree 300 -1101 EE Amsterdam
Phone: 0900 5488662
The present park is in fact a part of the oldest park of Amsterdam from 1812. The Park, its original name was renamed in 1898 after Abraham Carl Wertheim.
In the entrance you can find two Carrara marbles sphinxes, (made from marble blocs, each 10.000 kg). These marble sphinxes replaced old zinc sphinxes in 1982.
Address: Plantage Middenlaan/-Parklaan
On this spot was in the past a city entrance – a city gate. The gates functioned as guarded entrances to the city and as exits out of town. This gate led to Haarlem.
This neo-classic gate, which was restored in 1840, was in fact a triumphal arch for King Willem II. Cornelis Alewijn designed it and in the 19th century it was a custom office and a police station. It is now inhabited by private persons since 1986.
Other Contact: address: Haarlemmerplein 50
Het Huis met de Hoofden
The House with the Effigies-Het Huis met de Hoofden
This in 1622 built house was in that time one of the biggest double houses and is built for Nicolaas Sohier. The facade of the house is, it is said, built by Hendrick de Keyser, but is most probably done by his son Pieter de Keyser, as his father died in 1621. It is richly decorated with lion gargoyles, pillars etc.
There are six effigies on the facade and is therefore named after these.
According to a legend these effigies are heads of burglars, which were caught by a servant-girl and later beheaded. In fact these are effigies of Apollo, Ceres, Mars, Minerva, Bacchus and Diana (last one not seen on the picture).
When in1656 Comenius (Jan Amos Komensky) came to Amsterdam he lived here for a short while.
Today this building houses the Department of the Environment Historic Buildings Bureau.
Other Contact: address: Keizersgracht 123
Originally built in 1770 in Louis XVI style as a gate to the city by Cornelis Rauws (1732-1772). The gate functioned as guarded entrance to the city and as exits out of town.
In 1811 Napoleon came through this gate into the city.
It originally opened its doors in 1921 as a movie and variety theatre, where among other performed Marlene Dietrich and Judy Garland. This luxury theatre is created by a Jewish tailor Abraham Tuschinski. Architecture is a combination of three styles: Jugendstil, Art Deco and the Amsterdam School.
Today it is only a Movie Palace (total six theatres) and is the most beautiful cinema theatre in the Netherlands. The main theatre has about 800 seats and is often used for premieres.
Interior counts acres of art-deco murals, silk wall-hangings and tropical wood inlay, about nine hundred art nouveau lamps of stained glass and bronze, furniture designed for the lounges of ocean liners, hand-knotted carpeting, and a Wurlitzer theatre organ with 5,000 pipes.
The main entrance lobby has paintings of paradise birds and peacocks, plush and colourful hand-knotted carpet and a bar of bronze and marble.
High-rise buildings on River Amstel
Amsterdam has not only so lovely, picturesque buildings, but also some high-rise buildings. However it is not allowed to build these high-rise buildings in the centre of city, but only on the outskirts.
The 3 buildings on the picture are the Rembrandt toren (left) - 33 floors (150 m incl. radio/TV mast) - and is the highest building in Amsterdam, Mondriaantoren (right) - 28 floors (123 m) - and the Breitner Center (left, in front of Rembrandt toren) - 22 floors (95 m). The buildings are resp. from 1995, 2002 and 2001.
They are near the Amstel station at the River Amstel.
All three buildings are offices.
Conservatory of Amsterdam
The government master builder Daniël Knuttel designed this building, which was till 1985 the former head office of the Rijkspostspaarbank (ING bank) in Amsterdam.
Since 1985 is this the Conservatory of Amsterdam (former Sweelinck Conservatory), which offers various courses in the field of professional musical training.
In 2008 this conservatory will be relocated to a new building at Oosterdokseiland, near Central Station.
Other Contact: address: Van Baerlestraat 27
Phone: +31 20 527 75 50
Shell Research and Technology Centre
Koninklijke/Shell-Laboratorium, Amsterdam (Shell Research and Technology Centre, Amsterdam (SRTCA)) is a research and technology centre. It operates for the Royal Dutch/Shell Group and also for third parties. It is one of the largest research centres and was set up in 1914.
SRTCA lies in the northern part of Amsterdam by the River IJ.
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