Amsterdam Royal Palace

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Amsterdam Royal Palace was originally built as the city hall for the burgomasters and magistrates of Amsterdam. It is situated on Dam Square in the center of Amsterdam

Jacob van Campen designed the palace in the 17th century. They build the palace on 13,659 wooden piles, driven deep into the sandy soil. One pole for each of the days of the year with a one in front and a nine behind. It is a construction technique still necessary and employed today.

The palace’s ponderous exterior meant to convey the civic power of 17th century Amsterdam in particular, and the Dutch Republic in general belies its magnificent interior.


Louis Napoleon forced the Republic in 1806 to accept him as the King of Holland. He was the brother of the French Emperor. He took possession of the city hall, which he converted to a royal palace and redecorating it in Empire style.

In the course of the 20th centry,  they reversed Louis Napoleon’s modifications. Also, they palace restored the palace to its original state of a government building based on classical models. However many of Louis Napoleon’s furnishings are still on view today.


The Royal Palace on the Dam is one of the three palaces which the State has placed at the King’s disposal by Act of Parliament. Huis ten Bosch and Noordeinde are the other palaces. They use the palace mainly for entertaining and official functions. For example state visits, the King’s New Year reception and other official receptions. Every year it provides the setting for the presentation of the Erasmus Prize, the Royal Grant to Painting and the Prince Claus Prize. They use the palace also on National Memorial day on May 4th. On this day, the Dutch remember those who suffered and died under the Nazi German occupation during WWII. The King and his entourage walk from the palace to the National Monument at the opposite end of Dam Square.


They built the palace using Bentheimer; a sandstone that originally has a white appearance with a slight yellowish gleam. The stone is strong enough but unfortunately it is very susceptible to weathering. This accounts for the palace’s current grey/brownish appearance.

This was a brief introduction. If you want to know more book a private tour and we will show you around!

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