Royal Destination - Royal Palace of Amsterdam in The Netherlands


Town Hall of Amsterdam 
Source picture: Wikipedia


On 3 February 2018, Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands hosted a B-day
party at the Royal Palace on the Dam in Amsterdam. This event marked the
significance of this magnificent Royal Building.


picture: flower Market of Amsterdam with the 
Royal Palace on the background
Source: Wikipedia



Location

The Royal Palace of Amsterdam is located at the Dam Square in Amsterdam,
capital of The Netherlands.

This square really is the city's heart. There are a few other important sites of
interests on the Dam:

- Monument in honour of Dutch victims of War;
- Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), ...

own picture of the Palace of Amsterdam taken in 2017




scale model of the Royal Palace of Amsterdam - own picture taken in 2017


Some building history

The Royal Palace of Amsterdam has a remarkable history. It first was built
as the Town Hall of the City of Amsterdam. This was opened on 29 July 1655
by Cornelis de Graeff, the mayor of Amsterdam.

The main architect was Jacob van Campen. He got his inspiration from the
Town Hall of Antwerp in Belgium.

inside the Royal Palace of Amsterdam - picture taken in 2017


View from the Royal Palace of Amsterdam to the Dam - picture taken in 2017

Some royal history

In 1806, Louis Napoleon, brother of Napoleon Bonaparte became King Louis I
of Holland. He moved to Amsterdam and converted the Town Hall into a royal
palace for himself.

On 2 July 1810 King Louis I of Holland abdicated in favour of his son,
Napoleon Louis Bonaparte. However France annexed the Netherlands and the
royal Palace of Amsterdam became home to the French governor:
Charles François Lebrun.

After the defeat of Napoleon (1815),  Prince William VI of Orange became
King William I of the Netherlands and Amsterdam was made the official
capital of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands (containted the countries:
Belgium and the Netherlands).

inside the royal Palace of Amsterdam - own picture taken in 2017


Now

The Royal Palace of Amsterdam still is used by the monarch and the place
to be for official functions during state visits for example, official receptions,
special awards ceremonies ...

It even was the decor of many important historic events:

- investiture of Queen Beatrix in 1980
- the wedding kiss of then Prince Willem Alexander and Princess Máxima...

inside the Royal Palace of Amsterdam detail 


A visit

A visit to this wonderful historical building really is magical. Inside the Palace
there still are many historical features.

I had the chance to see this building in 2017.

inside the Royal Palace in Amsterdam - own picture taken in 2017


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