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The Magna Plaza was built in 1899 and was formerly the main post office.
Today it has been converted into a grand shopping centre, selling clothing, accessories and gifts.
Well worth a wander around.
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Not quite Gallerie Lafayette!
The building is a pretentious neo-Gothic building of brick and white stone from the turn of the last century. Originally it was the central post office but it is now an elegant shopping centre where the central stair well, surrounded by arcaded balconies, is worth seeing.
After visiting Dam Square, walk through the street that stands between Royal Palace and Nieuwe Kerk. That will lead you to Magna Plaza (Old Post Office), an amazing building that was formerly a Post Office and is nowadays a shopping centre. This was Amsterdam's first shopping centre in 1990. Whether you intend to do some shopping or are just walking around take some time to observe Magna Plaza since building is beautiful and worth it.
Magna Plaza is open every day except holidays:
> Sunday: noon to 7pm
> Monday: 11am to 7pm
> Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 10am to 7pm
> Thursday: 10am to 9pm
When walking down the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal from Central Station you'll see the beautiful, reddish brick building behind the Royal Palace on the Dam Square. Once the chic post office of central Amsterdam you can enter it now for a great shop-till-drop time.
I happen to work for some Spanish fashion shoots here and we had a marvelous time with the people working in the shops inside. Great things to buy, too, so enjoy yours!!!
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Shopping in Amsterdam is a lot of fun, especially because there is such a large variety in shops: exclusive brands, skate shops, tourists shops, record stores, book stores and so on. Most of the stores are located in the Kalverstraat. Luxury items can be found in Magna Plaza.
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The magnificent Magna Plaza nowadays is a busy shopping centre just off Dam Square (next to De Nieuwe Kerk). It was built at the end of the 19th century as the city's post office and was later transformed into a shopping centre. This beautiful building is a fine example of Dutch architecture.
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The old post office
Across the street from the Nieuwekerk is a huge spire-studded, palace-like structure that was once Amsterdam's central post office. Designed by Cornelis Hendrik Peters and built 1894-99, you'll notice that it has some noticeable similarities to the neo-Rennaisance/Gothic styling of Rijksmuseum and Centraal Station? No surprise as Mr. Peters was once employed by the architect of those two buildings: Pierre Cuypers. I guess engineering this thing to stand firmly on Amsterdam's tricky soil was no mean task as it took nearly 4700 piles to distribute the weight of all that stone. It is now a multi-floor, upscale shopping mall (Magna Plaza) and is listed on Amsterdam's top 10 list of most valuable monuments.
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The former post-office
This former post-office now houses several shops. It was designed by architect C.H. Peters who specialised in post-ofices and built these in a combination of neo-Gothic and neo-Renaissance style. This one in Amsterdam is a bit over the top, which makes it quite interesting actually. The inside is also nice to have a look at. I don't think the shops are very interesting though. Mostly clothes. There used to be a Virgin Megastore but that's gone.
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Magna Shopping Plaza
Magna Plaza is a Grand orange & white facade built in 195-99 by dutch government architect CH Peters. The main post office & remaining complex has been converted now into a modern shopping mall. Check out hte columned galleries and the many clothing shops in this multi storey building.
Central Post Office
Standing in front of the Royal Palace, the Central Post Office wass built in 1908 in the Dutch Reinasance style.
Now the building hosts the biggest department store in Amsterdam - The Magna Plaza
A shopping center
One of the most remarkable buildings in the centre of Amsterdam, the old post office, was transformed in a shopping center.
Thinking that the interior must be so beautiful as the exterior, I felt wery sorry for having no time to enter.
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Grand Shopping Spree
Amsterdam sells something for every one... even if that small figurine in the Antiques Shop was prohibitively overpriced. From Dam Square, running north along Nieuwendijk to Central Station, and south along Kalverstraat to the Flower Market at the canal Singel, is a very long pedestrian mall (which probably has more automobiles per linear distance than any other street in the city). There are several parks and plazas that are home to long running flea markets. On nearly every block there can be found a shop of some kind or another.
Behind the Royal Palace is the strikingly ornate Magna Plaza shopping mall, which, may actually be larger than Macy's in New York.
Go shopping in Amsterdam
There are lots of places to go, whether you want just a precise thing or have in mind to start souvenir hunting. I would suggest the following points, though there are many others, mind you!
Magna Plaza: the best (in my opinion) shop of the city, on the expensive side, but located in the centre and funny from architectural point of view. It is worth visiting just for seeing its interiors. You could buy lots of traditional items, clothing, CDs, etc.
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, 182. Right near the Royal Palace
Artika: great place for books, posters and postcards. It's a pity I was not collecting postcards then. Radhuisstraat, 2
Art Book: great books on the city, its museums and architecture, go to Prinsengracht, 645
Christmas World: I just love Christmas, so this was the place for me. Christmas souvenirs are sold all the year round, not just in December. Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, 137.
The Magna Plaza
This is the coolest looking shopping mall ever!! Most of the malls I go to are in these big, boring, drab looking buildings but I absolutely love the Magna Plaza. Apparently this was a former post office dating back to 1899 and it was converted to a shopping mall in 1990. Definitely worth a look I think.
Magna Plaza Shopping Centre
A lovely old building (used to be a post office). Inside there are a lot of (expensive) shops but even if you don't buy anything you have to have a look because of the lovely architecture! Or have a drink and a lovely sandwich in Ovidius, the 3 storey cafe at the corner.
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