In the mid-17th Century, painter Jacob van Campen was given the assignment to design a new town hall. The city council wanted ... More
Royal Palace Amsterdam
In the mid-17th Century, painter Jacob van Campen was given the assignment to design a new town hall. The city council wanted a grand symbol of their leading role in Europe at that time - Holland's Golden Age - as well as their economic and civic power. The building had to make this clear for everyone to see. The Koninklijk Paleis became the biggest in Europe at the time of its construction. In 1808, this building was refurbished into a Royal Palace by the brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, Louis, king of the region during the French occupation. The Dutch royal family, the Oranje-Nassaus, receive royalty and dignitaries at the palace. The new king or queen also present themselves to the citizens of the Netherlands from the balcony of the palace.
We went a few weeks before Christmas so the entire area was quite festive. In front of the palace there was an ice skating rink w/a HUGE Christmas tree right in the middle. It was so worth the money (very reasonable). Music, everyone having fun, lights, hot cocoa, etc... The Red Light district,good eats & some great gift shops are just across the way so there's even more to do.
Former seat of the Saxon royal family, Residenzschloss Palace was built between the 12th 19th centuries and exhibits a magnificent
array of different architectural features from the Romantic, Renaissance, Baroque and neo Renaissance eras. Heavily damaged during World War ...
The monumental complex at Caserta, created by the Bourbon king Charles III in the mid 18th century to rival Versailles
and the Royal Palace in Madrid, is exceptional for the way in which it brings together a magnificent palace ...
The Convent Mgallery ex Sof is a hotel with a unique history. It is situated in the heart of Amsterdam
and is just a 5 minute walk from Central Station, Dam Square and the Royal Palace. The hotel was ...