The Royal Palace in Amsterdam has not always been a Palace. During Amsterdam’s Golden Age Jacob van Campen constructed it as a City Hall. Amsterdam became rich from trading with the far east and transporting slaves to America. Because of this Golden Age, they has the money to build this City Hall.
During the years that Holland was part of the French Empire Napoleon made his brother, Louis Bonaparte, King of Holland. Louis decided to live in this City Hall and he redecorated it as a Palace. After the Liberation, the citizens of Amsterdam gave this building to the Royal Family.
These days it is used as a museum, open for the public. However, at certain occasions it is closed. These are the days the King uses it for State purposes or to house important Heads of State during their visiting.
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Enjoy our photo album about Kampen, the Netherlands.
The small city of Kampen was once an influential Hanseatic city with a huge fleet. It traded with northern Europe, had a University and there were no taxes.
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When people from outside the UK visit England most people go to London. Of course this is a great city to visit. There is a lot to see and do and when it’s your first time in this fascinating country I can definitely recommend it.
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