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Amsterdam's Royal Palace is a glimpse into Dutch Golden Age

The Royal Palace was originally built to serve as Amsterdam City Hall in 1655 when the city was the most prosperous in the world; the building became a Royal Palace when Napoleon installed his brother as king in 1806

The Royal Palace was originally built to serve as Amsterdam City Hall in 1655 when the city was the most prosperous in the world; the building became a Royal Palace when Napoleon installed his brother as king in 1806

The vast Citizen's Hall is 120 feet by 90 feet by 60 feet; the hall is used for hosting foreign dignitaries and royal family wedding receptions

The vast Citizen's Hall is 120 feet by 90 feet by 60 feet; the hall is used for hosting foreign dignitaries and royal family wedding receptions

After Napoleon's fall, the palace continued  as a royal residence for the Dutch Royal Family, the House of Orange; today, it's one of King Willem-Alexander's official residences

After Napoleon's fall, the palace continued as a royal residence for the Dutch Royal Family, the House of Orange; today, it's one of King Willem-Alexander's official residences

Only 20 rooms in the Royal Palace on the first floor are open to public viewing; the entire palace is 22000 square meters

Only 20 rooms in the Royal Palace on the first floor are open to public viewing; the entire palace is 22000 square meters

In 1808, King Louis Bonaparte first transformed the building into a palace;  his magnificent Empire furniture—one of the most beautiful collections in the world—is still used during royal receptions

In 1808, King Louis Bonaparte first transformed the building into a palace; his magnificent Empire furniture—one of the most beautiful collections in the world—is still used during royal receptions

This is the only palace in the country that is both in active use and available for the public to visit;  the public can only visit when the palace is not in use by the Dutch Royal Family.

This is the only palace in the country that is both in active use and available for the public to visit; the public can only visit when the palace is not in use by the Dutch Royal Family.

When the building was completed it was proclaimed to be the largest administrative building in Europe; staying in Haarlem still made it easy to visit Amsterdam

When the building was completed it was proclaimed to be the largest administrative building in Europe; staying in Haarlem still made it easy to visit Amsterdam

The Treasury Extraordinary Room was originally the place where bureaucrats administered the city budget; most recently, this was the childhood bedroom for Queen Beatrix

The Treasury Extraordinary Room was originally the place where bureaucrats administered the city budget; most recently, this was the childhood bedroom for Queen Beatrix

Former Burgomasters Council Chamber; the paintings in this room, and much of the palace, were done by pupils of Rembrandt

Former Burgomasters Council Chamber; the paintings in this room, and much of the palace, were done by pupils of Rembrandt

Personal bankruptcies were handled in the city hall and one of those processed here was Rembrandt's; a relief with a panic-stricken Icarus is on the wall reminding people not to taken dangerous risks

Personal bankruptcies were handled in the city hall and one of those processed here was Rembrandt's; a relief with a panic-stricken Icarus is on the wall reminding people not to taken dangerous risks

Dam Square, in front of the Royal Palace, is being cleaned after Gay Pride Week wrapped up the day before; tons of trash was quickly getting removed around town

Dam Square, in front of the Royal Palace, is being cleaned after Gay Pride Week wrapped up the day before; tons of trash was quickly getting removed around town

Every year on May 4, the commemoration of Remembrance Day is held on Dam Square; Dutch victims of war are commemorated with a two minute silence shared on television looking at Dam Square over the shoulders of Peace

Every year on May 4, the commemoration of Remembrance Day is held on Dam Square; Dutch victims of war are commemorated with a two minute silence shared on television looking at Dam Square over the shoulders of Peace

King Louis made the insurance chamber his bedroom; he did not get along well with his wife so her bedroom was diagonally across the palace , as far away as possible

King Louis made the insurance chamber his bedroom; he did not get along well with his wife so her bedroom was diagonally across the palace , as far away as possible

The palace was built with a sandstone that originally had a white appearance with a slight yellowish gleam; unfortunately, while the stone is strong enough, it is very susceptible to weathering, which accounts for the current grey/brown appearance

The palace was built with a sandstone that originally had a white appearance with a slight yellowish gleam; unfortunately, while the stone is strong enough, it is very susceptible to weathering, which accounts for the current grey/brown appearance

Before the Astrodome was built, the poet Constantijn Huygens hyped the Royal Palace as the world’s eighth wonder, a monument to the cockiness Amsterdam felt at the dawn of its Golden Age

Before the Astrodome was built, the poet Constantijn Huygens hyped the Royal Palace as the world’s eighth wonder, a monument to the cockiness Amsterdam felt at the dawn of its Golden Age

Building of the Town Hall began in 1648 directly following the 80 Years War between the Dutch and the Spanish; citizens of Amsterdam topped the Town Hall’s façade with Peace, presented as a woman holding an olive branch and a staff of Mercury in her hands

Building of the Town Hall began in 1648 directly following the 80 Years War between the Dutch and the Spanish; citizens of Amsterdam topped the Town Hall’s façade with Peace, presented as a woman holding an olive branch and a staff of Mercury in her hands

This frieze is in the room where the death penalty was doled out; the audioguide was included in admission price and provided lots of history and context

This frieze is in the room where the death penalty was doled out; the audioguide was included in admission price and provided lots of history and context

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