The building of the Royal Palace was originally built as a city hall, in which administrative and judicial authorities were meant to be located. The mayor of the city commissioned in 1648 the architect Jacob van Campen to design an impressive building. After all, in that timeAmsterdam was the most powerful trade center in Europe, its population was growing rapidly, its trade relations were expanding. Van Kampen proposed to create a building in the style of classicism.
In order to build such a monumental structure, 13 659 piles with length of 12 meters were required. A special platform was built on the piles, and walls were erected on top of it. Therefore, the habitants of Amsterdam themselves considered the Town Hall building the eighth Wonder of the world.
The mayor’s office was also decorated with grandeur: allegorical figures, a map of both hemispheres, laid out of marble and brass on the floor in the central hall. All of this, as well as the canvas paintings of the Netherland craftsmen stored here, is waiting for you if you buy an entrance ticket.
The Town Hall was turned into the palace in 1808, when Napoleon came to power. He made the luxurious building his residence. Upon becoming Dutch again, the city granted the Town Hall to theDutch Royal house. Andeven though the royal court is constantly living in the palace in The Hague, this building is used for important official ceremonial events.
During the tour to the palace you will learn a lot of interesting things about the architecture of the building, its history, and about the events that took place within its walls. The history of this magnificent building will not leave anyone indifferent!
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