Koninklijk Palais - Royal Palace, Amsterdam

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    Koninklijk Paleis

    by MM212 Updated Mar 8, 2014

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    This architectural beauty, adding Baroque touches to Neoclassical style and imposing over Dam Square, is the Royal Palace, known in Dutch as Koninklijk Paleis. It was completed in 1655 by the architect Jacob van Campen as the city hall of Amsterdam (and to me still looks like one), but was converted into a royal palace in 1806 by the brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, Louis Napoleon, who became King Louis I of Holland. Although the turbulence of that period passed, this edifice has continued thereafter to be the Royal Palace of Amsterdam.

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    Dam Palace - succession to the throne.

    by breughel Updated Dec 26, 2013

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    It has been announced years ago that the façade of the palace would undergo restoration between 2009 and 2011 but to my surprise the façade is still nearly as dark as five years ago!
    A yellowish sandstone from Bentheim in Germany was used for the entire building. When looking at paintings of the past centuries the façade had a much lighter color than now (ref my previous tip).
    Actually the restoration was conducted so as to lighten somewhat the darker stones and to darken somewhat the lighter stones to make the whole façade more homogeneous in color.

    The palace was built as the Town Hall around 1655 on 13.659 wooden piles and it is still standing well vertical on the contrary of many buildings of Amsterdam who are leaning over. It was the largest non-religious building of its time.
    Louis Napoleon, brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, converted the Town Hall into a royal palace for himself in 1806.
    It became property of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1936 and is by the monarch for official functions and other official receptions not for lodging.
    The succession to the throne of King Willem- Alexander happened here on 30/04/2013.
    Presently the rooms that played a role in the succession to the throne can be visited.
    The Palace has a large collection of French Empire furniture left by Louis Napoleon that can be seen.
    The rooms are decorated with artworks from the collection of the House of Orange-Nassau.
    The palace is often closed see http://www.paleisamsterdam.nl/bezoek/openingstijden for the days the Palace is open between 11 and 17 h.
    Price: 10 €, reduced 9 € for +65 yr,
    Free: 18 yr

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    Dam Palace - Paleis op de Dam.

    by breughel Updated Dec 25, 2013

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    Let's stir up the aesthetical controversy about this "8th wonder of the world" !!!
    No doubt it was a large building for its time, no doubt that the architect Jacob Van Campen was not fully satisfied of his work as he met important ground stability problems, no doubt Louis Napoleon Bonaparte was not fond of it, no doubt there are many, many, nicer town halls or palaces in Europe.
    No doubt also that the Dam Palace is well known from world tourism.

    Actually the Dam Palace looked better a few centuries ago. The facade in Bentheimer sandstone was nearly white at the start as can be seen from the model at the Amsterdam Historisch museum or from a painting (1668) by Jan Van der Heyden at Le Louvre museum.
    A clean up of the façade is on the program but apparently there is no budget!

    It was announced in 2008 that the renovation of roof and façade will start in 2009 and will need 3 - 4 years.
    The inside renovation which started in 2005 was finished begin 2009.
    Since 14/06/2009 the PALACE IS AGAIN OPEN for the public after 4 years renovation Works.
    The Palace has a large collection of French Empire furniture left by Louis Napoleon that can now be seen.

    The palace is often closed see http://www.paleisamsterdam.nl/bezoek/openingstijden
    I wanted to visit in May 2013 and 19 days are closed.
    Price: 10 €, reduced 9 € for +65 yr, students and children 5 - 16 yr.
    Free: 5 yr

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    The Royal Palace

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Dec 1, 2013

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    Actually the former town hall of the republic this was renamed the Royal Palace after the assumption of the Monarchy. The palace has been converted into a museum which consists mostly of viewing the palace itself. Entry is free with the Amsterdam pass

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    KONINKLIJK PALEIS

    by alyf1961 Written Sep 17, 2013

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    The Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis) dominates Dam Square. It started out as a Town hall when it was built in 1648. The first Royal occupant was Loius Bonapart (brother of Napoleon) who moved in here during the French occupation. The building was designed by Jacob Van Campen and it was the largest town hall in Europe.

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    The Royal Palace

    by pieter_jan_v Updated May 6, 2013

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    The Royal Palace (or Het Paleis op de Dam as we Dutchies call it) construction started in 1648. Architect Jacob van Campen was given the task to design a new Amsterdam City Hall. It was opened in 1655. In the years that followed the upper floors got their decorations.

    During the French occupation in 1808 the City Hall was converted into a palace on command of Lodewijk Napoleon (the brother of emperor Napoleon).

    In 1813 Napoleon was beaten and the Dutch King Willem I became the new user of the palace. It lasted till 1936 before the state became the owner of the building.

    Nowadays the palace is used for official receptions.

    The palace is open to visit (check the website!)

    Admission price: € 10.00 (adult)

    Opening hours: 11AM - 5PM

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    Royal Palace Interiors - Rooms and Hallways

    by nicolaitan Updated Apr 21, 2013

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    No opulent bedrooms, lavish sitting rooms, decadent bathrooms. This is a munincipal buildings with room titles reflecting - courtrooms, bankrupty and insurance offices, council rooms and chambers, even a room for the orphans administration office. But such beautiful rooms - when Louis Bonaparte became king in 1808 he imported what today is one of the world's greatest existing collections of Empire furniture. With his hurried departure several years later, the furniture was left behind for us to enjoy. Connecting the offices on the inside the high ceiling hallway with painted and sculpted ceilings and wall mounted friezes.

    By the time one finishes viewing a dozen rooms they all seem to run together despite the excellent audioguide included in admission. Many of the sculpted pieces also have stories attached, elucidated by the guide, but again a bit of overkill. The details may be forgotten but the memories are excellent.

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    Royal Palace Interiors - Great Hall

    by nicolaitan Updated Jan 15, 2013

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    Most European Royal Palaces offer sumtuous bedrooms, lavish bathrooms, and spectacular living and dining quarters. But this Royal Palace is and has, with the exception of the Napoleonic Era, always been a city hall with the function of government. Today, the upper floors are basically unused and the visitor tour is confined to the first level with business, administrative, and judicial rooms. The huge central hall is the site of state functions and royal family affairs.

    The Central Hall, over 100 x 55 ft with a 90+ foot high ceiling is a monument to the self-importance (?hubris) of the leading Amsterdam businessmen and politicians of the Golden Age. A map embedded in the tile floor depicts Amsterdam as the center of the world and with the heavens painted on the ceilings the center of the Universe as well. The most famous sculpture depicts Atlas supporting the weight of the world. Beneath him, in accordance with the functions of a town hall, justice holds a golden sword with the guilty arrayed beneath - including the skeleton. Other statues and reliefs are too numerous to recount or for that matter to even remember. Justice and the scupted caryatids ( image 3 ) are by Artus Quellinus of Antwerp, the most famous Dutch sculptor of the era.

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    Het Koninklijk Paleis - History, Exterior

    by nicolaitan Updated Jan 15, 2013

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    This massive building was built during Amsterdam's golden age and officially opened in 1665 as a town hall and adminstrative center. At the time it was the largest secular building in the world, supported by 13659 wooden piles, and with 114 windows on the facade - a tribute to Amsterdam's place as the leading financial capitol of the world. It is one of the few freestanding buildings in central Amsterdam, fronting on Dam Square and next to the New Church being rebuilt at the same time. Some apparently called it the " eighth wonder of the world ". In recognition of Amsterdam's dominant position in world trade, the weathervane was shaped as a ship.

    It is the opulent interior however which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, as the city leaders hired only the best to pay tribute to their importance. Overall design was by two Rembrandt students, with painted ceilings, Italian marble floors, and sculptures and paintings by the most famous artists throughout. The classic architecture by Jacob van Campen is modelled after ancient Rome, also a center of the world in its time.

    With the arrival of the Napoleonic Era, in the person of King Louis ( Napoleon ), in 1806 the town hall became his Royal Palace. He abdicated in 1810 and The Netherlands was annexed to France with an appointed governor. The Napoleons were gone by 1813, and Prince William VI of Orange became King William I choosing Amsterdam as the capitol of The Netherlands and keeping the Royal Palace for his own use. In 1936, the palace became the property of the national government after the city could no longer afford to maintain it. The cost to the government is stated to be less than the original construction costs centuries earlier.

    The royal family still has use of the building as needed and it is used for state affairs, receptions, award ceremonies, and public events. When not in use, the Royal Palace is open to the public for tours with a very detailed audio guide.

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    by mickeyboy07 Written Apr 2, 2012

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    The Royal Palace in amsterdam is one of three Palace's in the Netherlands at the disposal of 'Queen Beatrix' by Act of Parliament.The palace was built as a city hall during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century.The building became Royal Palace of 'King Louis Napolean' and later of the Dutch Royal House.It is situated on the west side of Dam Square in the city centre,opposite the Memorial and next to the 'Nieuw Kerk'.Availability of the Palace to visitors varies,depending on its use.When it is open,for a small fee visitors can visit several rooms inside on a guided tour.See website for details.

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    koninklijk paleis (royal palace)

    by dila Updated Mar 20, 2012

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    ROYAL PALACE IS OPEN AGAIN. OUTSIDE STILL RENOVATION.
    LOOK HERE WHEN OPEN
    http://www.paleisamsterdam.nl/nl/kalender/
    Opening hours: 12:00 – 17:00 hours monday and royal events closed
    mostly closed except end july and august i see on the clander so check kalender

    The royal palace was build between 1648 and 1665 as a cityhall (townhall) of Amsterdam. it was designed by Jacob van Campen, and performed by Daniel Stalpaert. in 1654 had Jacob van Campen an conflict with the municipality , after that Daniel Stalpaert gets the leadership. the sculptorwork is done by Artus Quellijn and co.
    the building was a cityhall till 1808 when the french invaded. after that it was changed in a palace by Lodewijk Napoleon.( the brother of)
    if there is event you can not go in.
    for example when the queen is there on 4th of may. when we remember the dead from the war.

    Admission 2012

    Adults €7.50
    CJP/CKV €6.50
    Stadspas €6.50
    65+/Students €6.50
    Children aged 5 to 18 €3.75
    Children under 5 free

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Mar 17, 2012

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    The Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam or Paleis op de Dam) is one of three palaces in the Netherlands which is at the disposal of Queen Beatrix by Act of Parliament. The palace was built as city hall during the Dutch Golden Age in the seventeenth century. The building became the royal palace of king Louis Napoleon and later of the Dutch Royal House. It is situated in the west side of Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam, opposite the War Memorial and next to the Nieuwe Kerk.
    Opening hours:
    12:00 – 17:00
    Admission prices
    Adults €7.50
    CJP/CKV €6.50
    Stadspas €6.50
    65+/Students €6.50
    Children aged 5 to 18 €3.75
    Children under 5 free

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    Royal Palace

    by Twan Written Feb 18, 2012
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    The Royal Palace is a palace on Dam Square in downtown Amsterdam.

    It was built between 1648 and 1665 as city hall, designed by architect Jacob van Campen. The building is considered most important Dutch historical and cultural monument of the Golden Age. The Royal Palace is window number 24 of the Canon of Amsterdam.

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    Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam (royal palace)

    by Airpunk Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The royal palace was built as a town hall in 1648 by Jacob van Campen (who also built the Nieuwe Kerk). Van Campen was not happy with the way the building was completed and was absent at the inauguration ceremony. When Napoleon Bonaparte conquered the Netherlands in 1808, the town hall served as a palace for his brother Louis who installed himself as "King of Holland". However, when William I. became king of the Netherlands, he gave the palace back to the city, but it remained a palace for the royal family. It is not used for living, but for representative purposes. Visitors can see most parts of the palace for only 4,50 EUR (6,50 with useful audio guide). Many rooms are still preserved in the same way Louis Bonaparte left them. Definitively worth a visit!

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    PALACE On The Dam Square

    by RoyJava Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The former Town hall (by Jacob van Kampen) is now the famous Royal PALACE on the Dam Square, built on 13.659 piles. Because of the beauty of its exterior this building got world-wide well-known and is to be seen on a lot of very old photographs and paintings.

    There is a lot to do around and on its square many people enjoy the area for its facilities, includes some funny "living statues" ... and ofcourse when the Queen and her family come to wave to its nationals ...

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