Royal Palace Amsterdam, Amsterdam

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Royal Palace Amsterdam was once a city hall and royal palace; today it's used by the Dutch monarch for hosting official events. Built during the Dutch Golden Age in 1665, the site features prominent paintings and sculptures created by distinguished artists of the era, as well as lavish Empire furniture from the early 19th century. Take an audio tour and hear about the history of the palace. Walk through the extravagant rooms and offices, filled with golden elements and brightly colored, highly realistic paintings. You'll encounter works by Flinck, Lievens, and Jordaens. Plan my day in Amsterdam using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
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  • The outside looks like a dungeon from all the soot and grime of the city but if you go inside, pay your 10 euro, get the audio tour guide, you’ll be amazed at the majestic marble sculptures, each havi...  more »
  • The palace on the Dam has been impressive for centuries. Palace, unfortunately. This building was erected in the second half of the 17th century, by design by the architect Jacob van Campen, by Daniël Stalpaert, the city architect of Amsterdam (he also built the Het-presently-scheepvaartmuseum and the Houten Amstelkerk in Amsterdam). The building housed the city hall of Amsterdam. The symmetry of the building is perfect. The architectural style is called Dutch Classicism. The building had to reflect the power of the city of Amsterdam.. The builders succeeded in that task. As for the exterior: The balcony on the dam side was built in the 19th century at the request of the first Ned Dutch king, Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, who became king in 1806 and was offered the city Hall as a palace of Amsterdam (silly zet). Striking on the exterior that seems to be lacking a clear entrance. An impressive entrance to such a building is expected. Nothing of it.. On dam side a small entrance, at the rear an even more Onogenic "Doortje". On the backside a large image of Atlas, cast by the famous (chimers) Hemony. After the fall of the "Empire" of Napoleon, the building returned to the city of Amsterdam. Afraid of the maintenance costs, the city donated its town hall to King William I (again very stupid). The interior: The huge Burger hall is beautiful. On the floor in marble land and sky maps. Walls nicely decorated. In the hall a series of Splendid light crowns (style Empire?), which we also owe to our first Bonaparte-king. Also the side corridors on this floor are beautiful and harmonious. Then the style rooms on the 1st floor: quite interesting. The Empire Furniture Unfortunately lose a lot of charm due to the poor lighting and the fact that it is insisting to incorporate such a room into you. About the establishment before the Empire era is insufficient info. Actually very strange that such a beautiful large building is held hostage by the royal house, for some receptions and receipts per year. Just need to become a public space of the city of Amsterdam again!
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  • The audio tour was fantastic alongside some amazing history, decor and architecture. Would highly recommend to anyone in the vicinity. The tour does take a few hours and if you don't have a coach load of children taking the tour at the same time, then it's a very peaceful and pleasant experience.
  • Number one place to visit in Amsterdam! Don’t forget to take audio guide! Interesting history and amazing architecture. So many arts and sculptures inside. Even some small basic room has huge story. You must visit Royal Palace to get a clear picture about this amazing country and city.
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