Oostindisch Huis, Amsterdam

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The Oost-Indisch Huis is an early 17th-century building in the centre of Amsterdam. It was a headquarters of the Dutch East India Company .The Oost-Indisch Huis was the first building especially built for the East India Company. The building served as the headquarters of the Amsterdam chamber of the East India Company. The 20 regents of the Amsterdam chamber met here. In addition, the majority of meetings of the Heeren XVII, the regents of the East India Company, were also held at the Oost-Indisch Huis. Shipcrews were recruited here, and the archives and map collection of the East India Company were also kept here.A gate with Tuscan-style pilasters and a small tunnel lead to an inner courtyard with elegant facades in Amsterdam Renaissance style, a style closely identified with the architect Hendrick de Keyser, who was most likely responsible for designing the building.HistoryIn 1603, the Amsterdam chamber of the East India Company began using part of the Bushuis armory on the Kloveniersburgwal canal as a warehouse. Two years later, the East India Company took over the whole building. However, the company still lacked meeting and office space, so a new building was constructed directly adjacent to the Bushuis. This building, completed in 1606, was called the Oost-Indisch Huis ("East India House") and was the first building especially built for the East India Company.In 1663-64, the western wing was extended. In addition, a northern wing was added, so that the building now also bordered the street Oude Hoogstraat. The last major extension was added between 1658 and 1661.
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  • The imposing red brick facade of this seat of learning is very impressive and the architecture sets it aside from other buildings in Amsterdam  more »
  • This imposing building, whose main façade is reflected in the waters of the Kloveniersburgwal Canal, housed the offices of the East Indies Company, founded in 1602 with the purpose of unifying trade with the east. Its first headquarters were in Bushuis, an old weapons depot that over time proved insufficient. In 1606 the architect Hendrick de Keyser extended the building, adding the south wing, continuing the enlargement until 1633, the year in which he acquired his definitive form: Four wings around a courtyard. The company was dissolved in 1799 and in 1890 the building was demolished almost entirely, being completely restored in 1978, partly based on drawings and paintings of the original construction. Today it is the seat of the University of Amsterdam. Opening hours are Monday to Thursday, from 08.00 to 20.00 hours, and Fridays from 08.00 to 19.30 hours. Although the tourist visit is not contemplated, we can take advantage during that time to enter and visit the patio and some of its rooms.
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