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Tina 08-18-2003 12:02 PM

The Royal Palace, Amsterdam
 
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Paleis op de Dam - Amsterdam

Janet 08-23-2003 08:36 PM

I returned yesterday from a short break in the Netherlands with my husband.

As you can imagine I tried to fit in as much royalty as possible.

I was not very impressed by Amsterdam in general but the royal palace is much
better in reality than it appears in photographs. I toured the palace in around two hours
and was very impressed, the main hall is incredible. My favourite part though was the
video that we got to see. It showed the development of the palace and obviously
showed important events in history such as the abdication of Queen Juliana. We saw
short clips as Beatrix signed the official documents and turned to her mother and
Juliana held on to her daughter’s hand. Beatrix looked very moved.

There was more clips of Beatrix and I must say my impression of her has changed
quite considerably. Watching her in motion, she appears an incredibly vibrant, friendly
looking and alive woman, which doesn’t really come across in photographs. The
dresses she wore during the video were awful though.

There was a brief clip of Prince Claus celebrating the year of European Music in the
roof of the Amsterdam Palace and several of the audience (I assume they were Dutch)
sighed sadly!

I must say though all the Dutch people we meet were incredibly nice and helpful and I
must admit some shame at how amazingly well everyone spoke English, when ever I
go abroad it always makes me feel ashamed that so many people speak my language
and I can barely string a few sentences together without the assistance of a guide book.

TODOI 02-17-2004 02:02 AM

Does the Queen ever stay in the palace or does she just have receptions and banquets there then leave???

also what are the other rooms like I always see pictures of the big hall and the other halls but never the rooms has anyone got any pictures of any other rooms from the Palace???

The Watcher 02-17-2004 04:51 PM

Sometimes she stay in the Royal Palace (like when the Spanish King and Queen visited the Netherlands) but that didn't happen often. The other times that she visits the palace is only for receptions and banquets etc. and then she goes home, to Huis ten Bosch in The Hague.

When you go to the official site of the Royal Family, you can make a Virtual Tour, that enables you to view the Royal Palace(s).

Site of the Royal Family

Alexandria 04-15-2005 10:05 PM

Are there any more pictures of Amsterdam Royal Palace?

Have there been any recent receptions or banquets hosted here?

ropura 08-22-2005 05:02 PM

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:) Dear Alexandria,

I sent you a photo from the Royal Palace of Amsterdam,I hope you like at.

This is the hall of the Royal Palace from Amsterdam,where Queen Beatrix gift Banquet for the Royal guest.

In the winter time is the Palace very cold,because the hall is from marmer stones.
If the Queen gift (New Year reception) its takes view days to make the marmer hall warm,before she come to the Palace for the "New Year" reception.

(More picture below)

-ropura-

Photo by Rosiati Ismangil.

Marengo 08-23-2005 02:57 AM

I have visited the palace only 3 weeks ago. Like the main hall the rest of the palace also contains lots and lots of marble. As it was a cityhall originally some statues are a bit awkward. Downstairs for example you have a room where deathcentences were spokn out, with some marble skeletons etc. On the same level of the big hall there are about 20 rooms, some of them big, some of them smaller. It includes the Moses and AAron room where Queen Juliana signed her abdication and also the private apartments of King Louis Napoleon and Queen Hortense of Holland.

After a deathsentence the condemned was brought upstairs and was led to a special constructed wooden balcony where that person was hanged. The bacony was almost on the excact spot as where the present balcony is.

Lots of pictures of this palace (and a few others) on:

https://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/english...?objectid=5716

ropura 08-23-2005 04:45 AM

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Door to the room from the hall.
Every room have differend color of chair,like- red -green-blue-purple ect.

Photo by R.Ismangil.

ropura 08-23-2005 04:10 PM

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Royal Palace Amsterdam At The Summer time with exhibition - 2005
Photo nr.2: poster of Queen Beatrix at entrance of the Royal Palace
Photo nr.3 : Clock from Govern of central Java Indonesian ( with photo of Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard)
Photo nr.4 : Little Royal Palace Amsterdam.
Photo ( 5 and 6 ) from the inside Palace window, the Dam Square,
("World War II Monument ")

And the birds (special the "Pigeon") like also the Royal Palace very much for their luxury home at the balcony !!!

Photo by R.Ismangil.

ropura 08-31-2005 05:24 PM

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Royal flowers from Royal Palace of Amsterdam.



Photo by R.Ismangil.:eek:

rchainho 09-17-2005 01:04 PM

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royal palce in amesterdam by google.earth

Marengo 10-07-2006 05:07 PM

Now some pictures of the Royal Palace on Dam square, Amsterdam. Again as posted by Thijs on the alexanderpalace forum.

The first picture is the former throne room:

https://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5...arten/dam1.jpg

https://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5...arten/dam2.jpg

Below the moses and aaron room of the palace. On the painting you can see Moses and the elderly. This is the room where the abdications of Wilhelmina and Juliana were signed.

https://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5...oseelderly.jpg

Marengo 10-07-2006 05:09 PM

Two old pictures of the palace on Dam square around 1900. The first one is originally posted by Thijs, and the second one by Lucien (who also posts here). Both pictures came from the Alexanderpalace forum again.

https://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5...n/dam31900.jpg

Former throneroom:

https://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5...arten/dam5.jpg

sesa 01-24-2007 02:25 PM

Ropura & Marengo,
I personally want to thank you both for posting all these wonderful pictures. If it was not for you guys I would never be able to see this wonderful place.
Wouldn't it be amazing if walls could talk and the stories these rooms would be able to tell? the history and the beauty of this palace is truely amazing to me.
thanks for taking the time to share such wonderful, beautiful information/pictures.:flowers: :wub:

Marengo 01-26-2007 07:46 AM

I am afraid the walls of Dam palace would tell you some horrifying stories sesa, as there used to be a prison inside, some trials and even public executions.

Marengo 02-13-2007 10:56 AM

Pictures of The Royal Palace on Dam swuare in Amsterdam:
Amsterdam royal palace

Henri M. 04-11-2007 12:18 PM

Royal Palace Amsterdam to be in sparkling yellow/white again?
 
The Rijksgebouwendienst (State Housing Agency) has announced that it will investigate and consider a method to clean the exterior of the Royal Palace Amsterdam. See article.

The building, build in 1665, has an exterior in Bentheimer sandstone which uses to be yellowish/white.
But three and a half centuries of weather, pollution and climate have affected the exterior of the building and now it is a grey and sombre mammoth building. The dark exterior hides the many grand ornaments and does no longer justice to the elegance of this perfectly classicistic quadrangle building.

The interior is now undergoing a major renovation. Elevators are placed, the Queen has ordered 40 suites to be constructed on the 3rd floor.

The exterior was in fact not included but the people involved in the project apparently have changed their mind and want to bring it back in original state, if possible.

This is the exterior in original state.

This is the exterior now. It is dry weather. In winter, on dark and wet days, the building is really grey and gloomy.

sesa 04-11-2007 03:03 PM

Henri M,
Thank you for posting the information as well as the pictures. That would be wonderful if they could bring back at least some of the original color of the palace and restore it to it's original state. I'm sure over the centuries some of the stone and details have eroded away from the weather/pollution, but it would be great if they could at least get some of the color back. Costly too, I imagine. But hopefully something can be done to preserve it for the future generations to come.

Marengo 04-11-2007 06:16 PM

I am glad to hear they wll give the palace some colour back. Dam square is already one of the most grey squares I know, so some colour is appreciated. I wonder how long it will take though and when they will start/finish. At the moment MANY buildings in Amsterdam are under reconstruction. Add to that the metroline that they are digging through the center, not to attractive for tourists (at the moment).

Marengo 06-04-2008 05:29 AM

The Royal Palace on Dam square in Amsterdam will have its exterior cleaned. Apart from the cleaning the building will get new roofs, windows etc. It is estimated that this will tae 3.5 years and will cost an additional 41 million euros.

Source: Het Parool

lucien 05-11-2009 08:29 AM

HM The Queen will officially re-open the Royal Palace Amsterdam on saturday june 13th after its interior has been under extensive renovation and partial restauration for the last 3,5 years,it seems longer.....

Finally.:rolleyes:

After the exterior is cleaned too,the Palace will be used again for State Visits but meanwhile exhibitions and other events will take place.
:smile:

lucien 06-13-2009 04:42 AM

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Originally Posted by lucien (Post 933674)
HM The Queen will officially re-open the Royal Palace Amsterdam on saturday june 13th after its interior has been under extensive renovation and partial restauration for the last 3,5 years,it seems longer.....

Finally.:rolleyes:

After the exterior is cleaned too,the Palace will be used again for State Visits but meanwhile exhibitions and other events will take place.
:smile:

Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam

lucien 07-09-2009 01:50 PM

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Originally Posted by lucien (Post 933674)
HM The Queen will officially re-open the Royal Palace Amsterdam on saturday june 13th after its interior has been under extensive renovation and partial restauration for the last 3,5 years,it seems longer.....

Finally.:rolleyes:

After the exterior is cleaned too,the Palace will be used again for State Visits but meanwhile exhibitions and other events will take place.
:smile:

The Palace exterior is cleaned:

Koninklijk paleis in de steigers | Gespot

Marengo 07-09-2009 07:55 PM

Wow, that is fast. Considering everything seems to take a decade over here I expected it to take some time before they would start. I wonder how long the project is expected to take.

lucien 07-10-2009 02:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Marengo (Post 963806)
Wow, that is fast. Considering everything seems to take a decade over here I expected it to take some time before they would start. I wonder how long the project is expected to take.

They are busy on that,very busy indeed and I think that it will be clean before we know it.

Been in the Palace today and really,if not the Hermitage then this marvel is well worth the visit to Amsterdam.Beautifull,
just simply stunningly beautifull this Palace can stand the comparison with Palaces abroad,anywhere.Exquisite.
The fabrics used for the restauration,just everything,to the finest detail and those chandeliers in all their splendour
are a marvel indeed.Hard to imagine they were packed in pieces in boxes at the attick for decades,totally forgotten.
The ones in the Throne room,with the Arms of the Kingdom and the Dutch Lion's on them are so breathtakingly beautifull
as are the carpets throughout the Palace.

You will have to go see for yourdelf dear M,it is quite the change from the former huge "marble bathhouse",I used to call this Palace....:rolleyes:

Marengo 07-10-2009 07:41 PM

I already visted both places and the palace has been improved tremendously indeed. I especially like all the chandeliers, unbelievable they were collecting dust on the attic.

Do you know if the bedrooms on the floor that is open to the public will be used for high guests? It seems there were doors to bathrooms and such in the rooms. Did you also notice the pictures they had of the 2nd or 3rd floor (it looked like a hotel)?

Stefan 07-11-2009 03:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Marengo (Post 964976)
I already visted both places and the palace has been improved tremendously indeed. I especially like all the chandeliers, unbelievable they were collecting dust on the attic.

Do you know if the bedrooms on the floor that is open to the public will be used for high guests? It seems there were doors to bathrooms and such in the rooms. Did you also notice the pictures they had of the 2nd or 3rd floor (it looked like a hotel)?

I visited it too and in the Audio Tour it was said that the bedrooms (don't remember if all) will be used for visiting Heads of State.

lucien 07-11-2009 09:58 AM

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Originally Posted by Stefan (Post 965045)
I visited it too and in the Augio Tour it was said that the bedrooms (don't remember if all) will be used for visiting Heads of State.

Not all indeed as the third floor has the appartments for the visiting Heads of State,13 of them as one was added to the original twelve....
obviously...The second and the 4th floor,mezzanine floors,have the rooms for the staff of both HM as well as the visiting Head of State.

I believe that what at present is still called the "secretary" room,was a bedroom in use by the late Queens Wilhelmina and Juliana,it is now
a bedroom again.

The 2nd and 4th floors indeed look like hotel corridors,but then a 5* + one.The beds there may be modern,but the chairs are part of the largest collection of Empire furniture outside France and still in situ at the orginal place they were made for by order of King Louis Napoléon by,initially,ateliers in Paris,but soon also by a dutch furniture atelier between 1808 and 1810.Beautifull.

Some of the chandeliers once adorned Queen Hortense's boudouir,but the large silver and platinum one,weighing over 700 kilo's and 3 meter high in what was the burgomaster's room initially,was ordered by King Willem III for Het Loo Palace but deemed not functional enough for that Palace.The chandelier was cleaned with chalk as it was in ruins and pieces,and blackened,on the attick,and that was when the platinum and ( goldplated-) silver was discovered,it also has superb quality christal adorning it,and much of it.An immense and immensily beautifull piece.

The two chandeliers in what is generally known as the "Mozesroom" venue of the signing of the Act of Abdication by Queen Juliana,but known also by its original name the Vroedscapskamer,were also ordered by King Willem III to adorn Het Loo Palace,but also quickly found their way to the Royal Palace here.All in all,a glittering,beautifull and warm Palace.I love the carpets,after an original 17th century design.

lucien 09-05-2009 08:32 AM

Peeking....

Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam

Harold 09-07-2009 11:10 AM

So the Palace in Amsterdam is used to house the Dutch Royals and visiting heads of state? I did not think it was used as a residence at all?

lucien 09-08-2009 04:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Harold (Post 988496)
So the Palace in Amsterdam is used to house the Dutch Royals and visiting heads of state? I did not think it was used as a residence at all?

No.It is in use during official engagements only,be they State Visits or fi Royal Grants,Awards,
or weddings and the family stays over a few days
receptions for the Corps Diplomatique etc etc.It is not a residence the Family uses permanently.
Untill the fifties is was used as a residence during the Families annual week in Amsterdam,
a festive week with receptions and welcomes all over town.But that tradition is long gone.
If HM isn't using the Palace for official engagements,it is open to the public,so,that is most of the time.
And it is wonderfull.

https://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/english...objectid=13415

Jacknch 09-08-2009 04:21 AM

The Palace in Amsterdam is very impressive and well worth a visit! When I went a few years ago, I remember on the first or second floor there was a corridor and was amazed that you could look out of the windows where the balcony is! The shop sells many books about the royal family too!

lucien 09-08-2009 04:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Jacknch (Post 988780)
The Palace in Amsterdam is very impressive and well worth a visit! When I went a few years ago, I remember on the first or second floor there was a corridor and was amazed that you could look out of the windows where the balcony is! The shop sells many books about the royal family too!

Oh but you really should come back and see it now Jack,it has become a such a brilliant beautifull and warm Palace now,after the restauration.And next time you're here,step on the balcony if no-one's peeking,and feel a Prince for a sec...

Het Koninklijk Huis

PPE Agency

Marengo 01-06-2010 07:59 AM

The outside of the palace on 5 January, a big mess: https://www.ppe-agency.com/500px/Jan2010/PPE10010610.jpg

Grandduchess24 07-03-2011 04:11 PM

Why do people say that the royal palace of Amsterdam Is ugly when it is afterall designed long ago and Is Just beautiful inside .

lucien 06-26-2012 10:47 AM

The Royal Palace,Amsterdam,has a new website.I think it looks great,just like the rest of the Palace does now.

https://paleisamsterdam.nl/en

ladyladydiana 01-06-2013 10:54 PM

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Originally Posted by lucien (Post 1435440)
The Royal Palace,Amsterdam,has a new website.I think it looks great,just like the rest of the Palace does now.

https://paleisamsterdam.nl/en

it's really good now...good job

Muhler 04-24-2013 03:07 PM

Now that the abdication is coming up, perhaps someone will please a uniform-geek like me and tell us a little bit about the royal guard.

Judging from the uniforms I have seen, there are at least two units.
One is consisting of hussars judging by their uniforms. I don't know about the other unit.

Can anyone enlighten me?
I've seen from pictures that this palace is guarded by the hussars.
Are they guarding other royal palaces or do they follow the Monarch around?
Are there particular ceremonies associated to this unit?
Any info, no matter how trivial, is interesting. :smile:

lucien 08-16-2013 04:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Claire S (Post 1589039)
What is it about black-and-white pictures that can be so breathtaking! What a fabulous room! :smile: Very evocative of another time and place - long gone and lost.

The picture shows the south gallery adjacent to the Citizens Hall.:smile:

An Ard Ri 08-16-2013 07:01 AM

I've always imagined that the Palace is quite a noisy place being in the centre of Amsterdam with no gardens to shield it from the hustle and bustle outside.

An Ard Ri 09-01-2013 06:50 AM

Thanks Lucien,2 very beautiful photo's of the Palace,its on my list for my visit to Amsterdam later this year!

NGalitzine 09-01-2013 09:18 PM

Still looks like a municipal building.

COUNTESS 09-01-2013 09:39 PM

It is very nice. I have been there.

lucien 09-01-2013 09:43 PM

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Originally Posted by NGalitzine (Post 1594747)
Still looks like a municipal building.

Some of the official rooms and halls might,yes,to some extend untill you see it for yourself.....But the private- and guest appartments on the 2nd floor are an entirely different story but then I don't have pics of that,strictly private.It has more overall class and chic then fe Buck house.:smile:

Mirabel 09-01-2013 10:31 PM

Still, it's sad that the RF no longer lives there!

NGalitzine 09-01-2013 10:49 PM

Guess it is a matter of taste, but to me you could plunk that building down in Utrecht or Strasbourg or Frankfurt and it would not look out of place with any other city hall of the period. The Dutch really should have made The Hague the capital as it has much more elegant streetscapes and palaces for royal ceremonies and processions.

lucien 09-06-2013 08:46 AM

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Originally Posted by lucien (Post 1589046)
The picture shows the south gallery adjacent to the Citizens Hall.:smile:

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This is a pic made by ME,all of the following are made by ME.Thank you.You can tell as the quality isn't all that great due to being not allowed to use flash in the palace,see.




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Mine,so I post assuming that is OK..

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All mine.All made by moi!


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The vase depicts a painting belonging to the Dutch Royal Family earlyer untill the death of King Willem II in 1849.He left huge debts to his brother-in-law the Tsar and by means of meeting up with the debts a massive amount of Rembrandt's and what not went to St.petersburg.in return the Tsar had the paintings painted on vases and returned them to Anna Pavlovna.So the vase is one of many in the collection of the Royal House.
It is also the reason why the Hermitage Sint Petersburg has such a vast collection of Dutch Masters within its walls.

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The room with either paintings or statuetes of previous Monarchs,from Wilhelmina and back

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King Willem I

The table on which the Act of Abdication was signed...and a nuisance of a screen showing it all and turning the light in the hall into a ..oh well,see for yourself...


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Yes!Still all made by me.I mean it shows doesn't it?Good.

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Former Throne room

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King Louis Napolèon,King of The Netherlands from 1806 and 1810 when he was dismissed from his post by his brother.It was LN who turned what was the cioty hall into the Royal Palace as we know it today,and it was LN who decided Amsterdam to be the Capital of the country instead of The Hague.

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Bad quality I know,but the chair isn't.It is part of the Amsterdam Royal Palace largest set of Empire furniture outside France,due to Louis Napolèon.

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Feel free to use the pics,allthough you would be daft as the quality isn't all that good.Still,a pic is still better then no pic ....:whistling:
:smile:

AdmirerUS 09-06-2013 09:43 AM

OK, this may have been said, but the inside of the palace has been Google Mapped to street view. So you can click on the the yellow man and the blue lines in the palace to enter street view and wander around inside. Amazing!
https://maps.google.com/maps?client=...d=0CKYBEPwSMA8

COUNTESS 09-06-2013 05:52 PM

Thank you, Lucien, very lovely.

lucien 09-07-2013 08:06 AM

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Originally Posted by COUNTESS (Post 1596759)
Thank you, Lucien, very lovely.

Thank you,you're welcome Countess!


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My own pics




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Both pics are in the former Throne room

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One of the inner courts


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The Palace shop


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Empress Merel 09-07-2013 08:53 AM

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Originally Posted by NGalitzine (Post 1594768)
Guess it is a matter of taste, but to me you could plunk that building down in Utrecht or Strasbourg or Frankfurt and it would not look out of place with any other city hall of the period. The Dutch really should have made The Hague the capital as it has much more elegant streetscapes and palaces for royal ceremonies and processions.

The Hague is the political capital of the world so it's fine

lucien 09-07-2013 09:04 AM

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All pics posted are made by me.

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April 30th

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From my collection.

Antique early 19th century print depicting Dam Square and the Palace.

You see the balcony missing.That wasn't added until King Louis Napolèon in 1807 over the
entire front of the Palace.Later reduced to its present proportions by Queen Wilhelmina.


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lucien 09-11-2013 12:39 AM

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Just learned that this vase,part of a set of two at the Palace,plus several paintings from the Palace are packed and sent off to the Hermitage St.Petersburg for the exhibition there:' Masterpieces,Willem II and Anna Pavlovna,Royal Splendour at The Netherlands Court" .

The exhibition is held in the frame of 400 year relations between Russian and The Netherlands and also connects with the 200th anniversary of the Kingdom of The Netherlands.

Willem II purchased a huge amount of paintings,while Anna,younger sister of Tsars Alexander I and Nicolas I, was famous for her jewelry

An Ard Ri 11-25-2013 04:44 PM

I finally got to visit the Royal Palace in Amsterdam over the weekend,the gift shop was rather disappointing but I did love the Investiture Portrait of Queen Wilhelmina.

cepe 11-25-2013 06:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by An Ard Ri (Post 1621183)
I finally got to visit the Royal Palace in Amsterdam over the weekend,the gift shop was rather disappointing but I did love the Investiture Portrait of Queen Wilhelmina.

So did I :flowers:

Marengo 06-20-2014 06:13 AM

Two rooms on the -closed- 3rd floor of the palace have been temporarily opened for the public: the grand and the small war counsil halls. The halls have been closed for the public since 1817. Originally the halls had a lot of paintings of the city guards (schutterij) by Rembrandt and such. The grand hall was the original location for the Night Watch of Rembrandt, since the painting didn't fit the wall, they cut of the sides. King Louis Napoleon used the two halls to starts a museum (that later developped into the Rijksmuseum).

The exhibition will show some original paintings of the city guards and also some copies (of the Night Watch as the original is in the Rijks). The mayor has hopes that the rooms will stay open for the public after the exhibition.

Eenmalig gluren op derde etage vanaf het paleis op de Dam - AMSTERDAM - PAROOL (just as a reference, it doesn't contain pictures).

Edit: I found a picture:
war council rooms | Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam
Apparently the group photo of WA's inauguration was made in the larger room.

An Ard Ri 06-20-2014 06:49 AM

Is there a chapel within the Palace or was given the proximity of the Nieuwe Kerk was that used in lieu of a Palace chapel?

Marengo 06-20-2014 07:08 AM

I have no idea THB, not a public one at least. The only royals who ever lived there were King Louis Napoleon and Queen Hortense. I have no idea where they went to church as there weren't any public catholic churches in Amsterdam yet at the time. Maybe they had a temporary chapel in the building.

After they left, the palace was used only when the royals visited Amsterdam, which was one week per year or so in the 19th century. I guess they may have used the New Church, the Wester Church or another one when they did.

An Ard Ri 06-20-2014 07:22 AM

Thanks Marengo I should have asked during my last visit to the Palace,the reason I asked is I read that Louis Bonaparte's chapel ornaments were donated to a church possibly in the Netherlands and wondered if he had a small chapel at the Palace.

Stefan 06-20-2014 08:20 AM

Are there Chapels in the other dutch Palaces?

Marengo 06-20-2014 08:43 AM

Kneuterdijk and Soestdijk palace had an orthodox chapel for Queen Anna Pavlovna. Also her later residence of Rustenburg in the Hague had one (demolished, and replaced by the Peace Palace.

Het Loo has a protestant chapel : https://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/umbrac...ss=local&name=

In The Hague the stadholders (and before them the counts of Holland) used a chapel on the inner court, which was demolished in 1879. The Walloon calvinist congregation already relocated to a new building that was donated by king Louis Napoleon.

Marengo 11-05-2014 06:25 AM

The sand stone of the palace has been damaged by men urinating against it. The palace is located in a busy area of Amsterdam and esp. the arcades is a likely spot for drunk British tourists to urinate.

The government building service has started some measures. They placed some ugly fences in front of the arcades. But those will be removed, and other measures will be taken. People caught urinating have to pay a fine of 140 euros. They will also install light censors. If that doesn't work they will make a 'urilift' close to the palace: an urinoir that disappears in the ground during the day and that comes up at night. If that doesn't work they will place screens between the arcades, a pop-up fence (only active at night) etc. The last resort is a permanent small fence.

Paleis Amsterdam geplaagd door wildplassers - Royalty Online

https://www.ad.nl/ad/nl/1012/Nederlan...p-de-Dam.dhtml

An Ard Ri 11-05-2014 07:38 AM

A permanent fence or railings might be the only solution,I was appalled to see men urinating at night time at the Palace and Nieuwe Kerk last November.

Jacknch 11-05-2014 08:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Marengo (Post 1717285)
The sand stone of the palace has been damaged by men urinating against it. The palace is located in a busy area of Amsterdam and esp. the arcades is a likely spot for drunk British tourists to urinate.

The government building service has started some measures. They placed some ugly fences in front of the arcades. But those will be removed, and other measures will be taken. People caught urinating have to pay a fine of 140 euros. They will also install light censors. If that doesn't work they will make a 'urilift' close to the palace: an urinoir that disappears in the ground during the day and that comes up at night. If that doesn't work they will place screens between the arcades, a pop-up fence (only active at night) etc. The last resort is a permanent small fence.

Paleis Amsterdam geplaagd door wildplassers - Royalty Online

Wildplassers worden te kijk gezet bij paleis op de Dam - AD.nl

Do drunk people from other nationalities urinate against the palace or is it something specifically confined to British tourists?
Either way, it is rather vulgar to find oneself in need of a lavatory late at night and then proceed to relieve oneself - especially against a Royal Palace.

Marengo 11-05-2014 08:32 AM

If people/press here describe the problems in the center, many quickly refer to 'Drunken Brits' to sum it up, though I am sure other groups also cause problems. The reputation of British tourists in Amsterdam is: very drunk, causing brawls, puking on the street, urinating on the street, screaming and small vandalism. I am sure that residents of the Spanish Costa's will have a similar idea about the Dutch btw.

The explosion of air travel causes problems for many cities in Europe. Venice has become practically an open air museum and other cities, like Amsterdam are moving more and more in that direction. Barely a week goes by without a letter of complaint or an article in the Amsterdam newspaper of the negative effects of this increase. For many locals it has become a problem. I used to live opposite the Anne Frank house for 7 years and thankfully moved to another area: the sheer number of people on the street and esp. people partying on boats in the canals became were starting to get on my nerves. The city hall seems to do little as tourism is an important source of income for the city.

In the case of Amsterdam an additional problem is that it is a popular spot for hen/ stag parties. Esp. with young Dutch provincials and with young British (there are many cheap flights between the UK and Schiphol Airport). These groups mainly come to get drunk and cause most of the problems as they seem to think that all is allowed here. The palace is located in the old heart of the city, close to the central station, between two of the most popular shopping street and linking the trashy red-light district, popular with young tourists / provincials and the Leidse- and Rembrandts square, two other touristy areas to go out. So the drunkards often pass the palace when going from one area to another.

Of these young tourists, the British ones form the largest problem by far, as a survey from a few years ago (2009?) showed. Of course they make up 20% of all tourists thus forming the largest group. It is usually easy to spot them, the girls: tons of make-up, fake hair and very revealing outfits, even in winter; the boys in Geordie-shore outfits & hair cuts too, usually loud and drunk. Note that I am sure that most (British) tourists do know how to behave & actually visit the several museums of the city. And on the bight side: the Brits are usually cheerful and pleasant, so that makes up for it I suppose. According to the British embassy at the time, the problems with British tourists were taken out of proportion by the Dutch press. The city counsel did little apart from hoping that these young Brits would soon prefer to go to Prague as the alcohol is cheaper there, though they started a program to make some areas a bit more up-market (closing down parts of the red light district for example). But anything here takes ages so the effects have not materialized yet.

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Why they didn't do anything about this earlier is a mystery, it has been going on for years/ decades.

lucien 11-05-2014 12:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Marengo (Post 1717285)
The sand stone of the palace has been damaged by men urinating against it. The palace is located in a busy area of Amsterdam and esp. the arcades is a likely spot for drunk British tourists to urinate.

The government building service has started some measures. They placed some ugly fences in front of the arcades. But those will be removed, and other measures will be taken. People caught urinating have to pay a fine of 140 euros. They will also install light censors. If that doesn't work they will make a 'urilift' close to the palace: an urinoir that disappears in the ground during the day and that comes up at night. If that doesn't work they will place screens between the arcades, a pop-up fence (only active at night) etc. The last resort is a permanent small fence.

Paleis Amsterdam geplaagd door wildplassers - Royalty Online

Wildplassers worden te kijk gezet bij paleis op de Dam - AD.nl

I do hope they think of censors providing the the ultimate in keeping from using the palace as a public toilet...An electric shock of sorts will no doubt be a blast!!And a deserved one.

As you say,the increase of cheap flights and the subsequent influx of tourists...mostly the young crowd...from all over Europe but espcially GB& Italy...It becomes more and more like Barcelona...There the locals complained and had impromptu demonstrations at places with lots of noise and disruptions caused by the young infidels so Barcelona took measures to keep the neighbourhoods quiet....Sad,but a nessecity!We will have to do something here to

Jacknch 11-05-2014 12:56 PM

Well, I am ashamed of it I really am. I knew Amsterdam was popular amongst young British people for parties etc. It would be a shame to enclose Dam Palace with rulings or gates etc because it is such a beautiful building at night, and there is something quite awe inspiring about being able to get up close to it.
I took a canal boat around Amsterdam to the Rijksmuseum on my last visit and also had coffee at the cafe next to Anne Franks House. I always go to the flag shop near-ish to the flower market to buy an interesting flag each time too. I avoid taking maps and dressing in a British way too so as to blend in.
So at least one British tourist here remains respectable!

An Ard Ri 11-05-2014 01:51 PM

The area around the Palace especially at night time is very picturesque especially when all the church bells start clanging together.Its a shame that certain elements have such lack of respect when visiting .

Duc_et_Pair 01-18-2015 07:44 AM

Yesterday the new Tulip Season has been opened. In front of the Royal Palace there were lots of colourful tulips. All passers-by could grab a bouquet of tulips for free.

Sometimes on other days there are tulips in front of the Royal Palace, then supporting a certain theme or something. Here you see such a theme in 2011.

An Ard Ri 01-18-2015 08:14 AM

What a difference the beautiful floral display makes to both the Palace and wider Dam Square.

Duc_et_Pair 01-18-2015 08:59 AM

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Originally Posted by An Ard Ri (Post 1741804)
What a difference the beautiful floral display makes to both the Palace and wider Dam Square.

When Queen Elizabeth II made a visit in 1988 (William & Mary Year), Dam Square was re-shaped into an English garden, completely with lawn, fences and perks with flowers. See picture: https://www.anp-archief.nl/attachment/47256 and https://www.anp-archief.nl/attachment/53592

:flowers:

I can not find a picture in colour with the garden.

An Ard Ri 01-18-2015 09:29 AM

Whilst the interior of the palace is splendid,the facade is rather tired and austere looking,the injection of those beautiful tulips infront of the palace makes it look much more picturesque.

SLV 01-18-2015 09:58 AM

Well, the Palace is situated in the middle of the city. There is a lot of airpolution, which sets "wonderfully" on the sandstone. It was cleaned several years ago, but it is back to its "old" colour again.

Duc_et_Pair 01-18-2015 02:21 PM

Actually the palace has recently been restored for a staggering amount of Euro's, both the interior and the exterior.


For an example, let us take the tympanum facing Dam Square (which is actually the back side of the building...)

Before the restoration and after the restoration....

All windows (and there are LOTS) have been brought back in original 17th C style which means: brown and not at all white, from later periods. The brown windows bring more uniformity in the façades of the palace.

Before the restoration (note the green plant...) and after the restoration....

The technical installations, the heating system, the climate system, the security system, the kitchens, the elevators, really everything has been modernized. Asbestos from earlier renovations in the 1960's has been removed. New opinions about the interior has made that the palace looks more like a palace indeed and less as the cold 17th C city hall it originally was. One of the kitchens: https://www.refdag.nl/polopoly_fs/de_...3667837875.jpg

The Moses- and Aaron Chamber before the restoration: https://resolver.kb.nl/resolve?urn=ur...&size=variable and after the restoration

The Aldermens' Chamber before the restoration and after the restoration: new wallhangings, the chandeliers have returned and the same paintings have returned but higher in the room.

The Council Chamber before the restoration and after the restoration. The massive silver chandelier was found on the attick, in bits and pieces.

The old floor carpet and the very bright lighting scheme before the restorationL https://www.anp-archief.nl/attachment/240936 and the new floor carpet and so much more sophisticated lighting scheme after the restoration: https://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/umbraco...ass=local&name=

:flowers:

SLV 01-18-2015 03:37 PM

Oh I know about the restoration. I was refering to the cleaning of the facade several years ago.

Marengo 01-21-2015 03:22 AM

It is funny that you should mention that, I passed the palace last week and noticed that it looked particulary gloomy again. I understand the decision not to clean it the French way, but well... the end result is that the building is still grey and dark, esp. on a rainy day.

Duc_et_Pair 01-21-2015 04:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Marengo (Post 1742610)
It is funny that you should mention that, I passed the palace last week and noticed that it looked particulary gloomy again. I understand the decision not to clean it the French way, but well... the end result is that the building is still grey and dark, esp. on a rainy day.

That is true, but it depends very much on the weather, I must say. On a bright summer day the palace looks splendid (like the rest of Amsterdam's inner city, which is very depending on the weather conditions in my humble opinion).

The French way is really too drastic. A few weeks ago I was in Arles, where the restoration of the famous Roman arena is almost finished. Really, the restored part looks like it was constructed yesterday and I think that is no 'restoration' anymore...

Here a picture of the first segment, this was the situation 10 years ago, the first part with a new "skin" with new stones. Now almost the whole arena is that sparkling new and white. The grey and crumbling, still un-restored parts, show the real Roman arena. The Dutch would never do it thát drastic as the French, I think.

Another example is the Maison Carrée in Nîmes. 10 years ago it was a grey and crumbling building. Now this Roman building looks it was build yesterday....

Before the restoration: https://www.photos-galeries.com/wp-co..._maison_carree
After the restoration: https://arrangementsabroad.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/nimes-maison-carre-merle-ja-joonas.jpg

When you stand before the Royal Palace Amsterdam, little is to be seen. When you see "before and after" pics, then you can see that crumling stones have been replaced, that sculptures have been visibly cleaned, that parts where water entered the inside (even with green plants and grass and mould) were removed, etc. But indeed, it is not that spectacular as a "French restoration".

:flowers:

Duc_et_Pair 12-20-2015 04:45 PM

The Orange-Nassaus really have an unbelievable amount of gold-, silver and crystalware to pop out the eyes of visitors for dinner.

In this Christmas period at Het Loo Palace many tables are fabulously bedecked for the public (like this one in Willem & Mary's Dining Chamber). Still there is plenty to lay tables too at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam... There some tables are bedecked with gold- and silverware from the Orange-Nassaus not exposed before:

Gold filigrain tableware

Detail of the amazing craftmanship

Silverware from Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard (1937)

Silver- and crystalware from Queen Wilhelmina

:flowers:

An Ard Ri 12-20-2015 04:54 PM

They are stunning indeed ,I'm trying to work out who's monogram is on this piece?

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.n...895c7ce511235a

Marengo 12-21-2015 03:59 AM

A J and a B perhaps? Juliana and Bernhard?

CyrilVladisla 07-10-2016 11:49 PM

The interior of the Royal Palace is magnificent.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTW-TDBKLDw

An Ard Ri 01-20-2017 08:24 AM

A sea of Tulips outside the Royal Palace in Amsterdam,it looks stunning with colour!


https://media.nu.nl/m/wwmxidhahee4_wd640.jpg

An Ard Ri 01-22-2017 09:51 AM

More Tulips in Dam Square infront of the Palace.

PPE

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An Ard Ri 02-14-2017 01:16 PM

During my last visit to the Palace I forgot to ask what happened to the Throne of William III that used to be housed in the throne room of the Royal Palace Amsterdam and what became of the throne room!

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...fec905a3ef.jpg

Marengo 02-14-2017 03:52 PM

The throne room used to be & again is called the 'Schepenzaal'. It is used for audiences and small gatherings. Judging from the curtains, they use this room also for official photographs during state visits.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...chepenzaal.jpg

The throne is now on display in the building of the second chamber of parlament

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZtCFCG48ML...67-473-500.jpg

An Ard Ri 02-14-2017 03:54 PM

Thanks I'd prefer to see the thrones in the Palace but thats just me!

Marengo 02-14-2017 04:08 PM

Me too, but we have to count our blessings with the present state of the palace. 10 years ago it was still half empty as the renovators of the 60-ties preferred the interior of the building to look like it did in the Golden Age, with a few Napoleontic chairs in the main halls. Not very functional for a palace as you can imagine. All the gorgeous chandeliers and other furniture were moved to the attic, where it stayed for half a century.

The recent renovation moved these pieces from the attic back into the palace again and added furniture and artwork from Soestdijk. It looks more like a palace now & everything is spic & span but it is very clear nobody lives there. It is functional but has no warmth at all and all the small details that only an owner can add are missing. It is a mix of a conference center, hotel and museum.

eya 01-20-2019 08:09 AM

Tulips in front of the Royal Palace at the National Tulip Day on the Dam, Amsterdam, on 19 January.

https://0.t.cdn.belga.be/belgaimage:...9e4&m=kopglonl
https://1.t.cdn.belga.be/belgaimage:...9e4&m=apeaalcc
https://3.t.cdn.belga.be/belgaimage:...9e4&m=llihhdhb

eya 01-02-2020 04:48 AM

"Did you know that on special occasions, such as a state banquet, there is a carpet of the northern starry sky with the comet Hale-Bopp in the Burgerzaal of the Royal Palace Amsterdam? The carpet was put into use in 1998 and is six hundred square meters in size."


https://www.instagram.com/p/B6z5w7MHKFH/

eya 01-19-2020 12:13 PM

National Tulip Day on 18 January and front of the Royal Palace huge picking garden with over 200,000 tulips on Dam Square - delivered by 500 tulip growers - a new tulip season started

https://3.t.cdn.belga.be/belgaimage:...509&m=dloglheg
https://3.t.cdn.belga.be/belgaimage:...509&m=mfnfohbl

https://www.hollandse-hoogte.nl/sear...onJobID=504858

Alison H 01-19-2020 12:17 PM

How lovely. I went to Amsterdam for a long weekend in April a few years ago, and stayed near Dam Square - I visited the Royal Palace whilst I was there, and went to the Keukenhof to see all the tulips as well. It was beautiful.

eya 06-01-2020 07:10 AM

Behind the doors of the Royal Palace Amsterdam

Jan Slagter takes the viewer, accompanied by the curator, through the Royal Palace Amsterdam.


https://www.npostart.nl/exclusief-ac...0/POW_04712257


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