"The Royal Palace" Koninklijk Paleis - Royal Palace Tip by Rupanworld

 
 

The Royal Palace is situated on the Dam Square in the middle of Amsterdam, quite close to the Centraal Railway station. Originally built to be used as the city hall by the magistrates of Amsterdam in the 17-th century, presently it is one of the three Palaces under the Queen's control. It is used for official state functions like the Queen's New Year reception and for other official ceremonies like prize ceremonies.

It was designed by architect Jacob van Campen, starting 1648. The entire building was made with white stones, none of which are visible now because of the dark tanning of the stones across centuries. On a close watch one can see very beautiful decorations on the building. Some of the interiors are done by the paintings of the famous painter Rembrandt. The building served as the city hall for about 150 years. In 1806, the brother of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, Louis Napoleon was appointed as the King of Holland. He started living in this building and so the city hall was transfromed into a Royal Palace. The building since then houses a huge collection of Empire furniture bought by Louis Napoleon. After the defeat of Emperor Napoleon in 1813, Prince William, who then became the King and started living in the Royal Palace. In 1936 it finally became state property.

Address: Dam 1
Phone: +31-20- 6204060
Website: http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl

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  • Written Feb 2, 2008
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