Koninklijk Palais - Royal Palace, Amsterdam

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    Buildings: Interior Royal palace

    by Pavlik_NL Written Dec 13, 2003

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    Hollands gloriedagen, Dutch days of Glory

    At some expositions that are held in the palace, it is opened to public. Whatever exposition it is, go inside to watch from the higher promenade to the mosaic works on the floor of the civilians chamber. Though the palace looks quite sober on the outside (but don’t forget that at the time it was an amazing construction), the interior is of dazzling richness. This central hall is huge: 120 feet long, 60 feet wide and 90 feet high (1 feet = 28,3 cm). On the marbel floor one sees the two maps of the world Western and Eastern hemisphere are shown and in it the colonial influencial area of the Seven Provinces. The hemispheres are mad in the 18th century, showing the paths that the VOC-ships sailed over the whole world in the 17th century. Once even more extensive then the English or Spanish properties (see General Tips - History).

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    The Royal Palace

    by acemj Updated Apr 30, 2004

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    The Royal Palace was built in the mid-17th century and at the time was the largest non-religious building in the world. It was originally built as a Town Hall and then in the early 19th century, Napolean Bonaparte's younger brother converted it into a palace. It is full of Italian marble and can be visited outside of the winter months. I have never been inside, but its massive facade is great to look at from Dam Square.

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    Dam Square

    by Boca24 Written May 16, 2004

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    Dam Square is filled with street venders and street artists. It is also the home of the royal palace that you can actually take a tour of. The palace is open only when its not being used for official business, so its always a good idea to check ahead of time.

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    Koninklijk Paleis

    by micas_pt Updated Dec 9, 2003

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    While standing in Dam Square you can't miss imposing Koninklijk Paleis - Royal Palace. This Palace was built in 17th century with the purpose of housing City Hall. Being Amsterdam a major and flourishing trading capital, this building was supposed to be outstanding. Nevertheless, construction didn't go as planned and they needed 13600 pillars to sustain building. Most furniture comes from Luis Bonaparte who proclaimed this Palace his official residence in 1808. Nowadays, Dutch Royal Family sometimes uses Koninklijk Paleis for ceremonies. Inside the Palace you may visit exihbitions, call to confirm as Palace might be closed due to Royal Family affairs.

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    Royal Palace

    by roamer61 Written May 17, 2005

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    Located on the very popular Dam Square, this large building actually served as Amsterdams City Hall during its Golden Age in the 1600s. It is a classic example of Dutch Baroque Architecture. It is best to either call or check with the tourist offices for hours concerning opening hours as it is often closed.

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    Royal Palace

    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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    Koninklijk Palais

    by Gypsystravels Written Feb 4, 2005

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    Koninklijk Palais or The Royal Palace is located on Dam Square.

    The palace was built in the 17th century and was used as a town hall. In the 19th century it became the Royal Palace and is the residence of the Queen while she is in Amsterdam.

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    The Royal Palace

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Dec 1, 2013

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    Royal Palace

    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 Sprucebeer Written Jan 8, 2005

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    Royal Palace

    Located on Dam Square, the 17th century building was originally designed as the city hall. Later it became the Royal Palace in 1808. The Royal Family now lives in The Hague so this building is mainly used for official state functions, receptions and ceremonies. You can visit the interior on certain days.

    Entrance Fee: Adults €4.50 (€6.50 with audio tour)
    Free guided tours are available at 2pm on Wednesdays and Sundays.

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    Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace)

    by Paul2001 Written Aug 16, 2005

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    The Citizens Chamber in the Royal Palace

    The Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace) is something of a monstrosity of a building. I did not think that it was pretty in any way but this is not to deny the fact that it is a very important attraction and should be seen.
    The building was originally intended as a town hall when it was designed by Jacob van Campen in the mid-17th century. This was at the height of Holland's Golden Age and the structure was suppose to represent the glory of Holland during this period. Hence it was designed in a neo-classical style. The interior has very regal halls and chambers designed with Italian marble columns and ceiling paintings. I thought some of the statues and artwork a bit over the top but the place does overwhelm just the same.
    Ironically it was not the Dutch who turned the palace into a royal residence but a foriegner, Louis Bonaparte, the brother of Napoleon. Napoleon made him the Dutch monarch in 1808 and he was the first to live in the palace. When the Dutch House of Orange regained control five years later, they continued to use the palace as a royal residence. In fact the palace is no more than place to hold official receptions as the royal family of the Netherlands does not really live here.
    The Koninklijk Paleis is open from 11am to 5pm daily. Admittance is 4.50 Euros.

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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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    Don't pass up the Royal Palace

    by TrekknHil Updated Jul 28, 2003

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    Dutch maps of the world

    Originally built as the town hall, it has been used as a Palace since 1808.

    The interior is spectacular, especially the Tribunal and Citizens Hall. Check out the maps inlaid on the floor!

    A great way to spend a few hours

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  • Beautiful and very Historic Baroque Palace

    by fellman01 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Palace facade

    The old city hall and court house became the home of Napoleonic Royalty (and its current name) in the early part of the 19th century. The Royal family only rarely uses this central Amstserdam palace but that means it is accessible to the general public.
    It has spectacular Baroque frescoes, sculptures, and some very historic stories. It is also, surprisingly, not very crowded so is a good stop when you are looking for a break from the crowds.

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    Royal palace

    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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    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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