"L/68 De Dam artists 2 and Royal Palace" Top 5 Page for this destination Dam Square Tip by ATLC

Dam Square, Amsterdam: 94 reviews and 179 photos


Another artist gave cause to much amusement. Against the backdrop of the royal palace he was also a great sight to see.

The Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis) was built between 1648 and 1665 when in fact The Netherlands was not even a monarchy then.
The building was meant to be the new town hall until king Louis Napoleon changed it to a palace in 1808 when The Netherlands was part of the French empire. Some 7 years later The Netherlands became a monarchy under King William I.

The design is by Jacob van Campen and Daniel Stalpaert. After the Treaty of Munster in 1648 there was such euforia that the grandest plan for the new town hall was realised.

At the time such grandeur was unknown in Europe and it was the largest governmental building in the Europe of that time. It was a symbol of the glory and wealth of The Netherlands at the peak of its power.

Address: de Dam
Website: http://www.damsite.nl/

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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