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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands absolutely killing it in a new floral embellished gown designed by Jan Taminiau while attending a 50th birthday celebration dinner for King Willem Alexander at the Royal Palace of Amsterdam on April 28th, 2017.

Barend Wijnveld  (1820–1902) - Anno 1648. The first stone foundation of the Amsterdam City Hall - 1897

The Royal Palace in Amsterdam (Dutch: Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam or Paleis op de Dam) is one of three palaces in the Netherlands which are at the disposal of the monarch by Act of Parliament.
The palace was built as a city hall during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. The building became the royal palace of King Louis Napoleon and later of the Dutch Royal House. It is situated on the west side of Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam, opposite the War Memorial and next to the Nieuwe Kerk.

The palace was built as the Town Hall of the City of Amsterdam and was opened as such on 29 July 1655 by Cornelis de Graeff, the mayor of Amsterdam. It was built by Jacob van Campen, who took control of the construction project in 1648. It was built on 13,659 wooden piles and cost 8.5 million gulden. A yellowish sandstone from Bentheim in Germany was used for the entire building. The stone has darkened considerably in the course of time. Marble was the chosen material for the interior.
Jacob van Campen was inspired by Roman administrative palaces and public buildings. He wanted to build a new capitol for the Amsterdam burgomasters who thought of themselves as the consuls of the new Rome of the North. The technical implementation was looked after by the town construction master Daniël Stalpaert. The sculptures were executed by Artus Quellijn.

Barend Wijnveld (13 August 1820 – 18 February 1902), was a Dutch painter.


Through the Years → Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (10/)

1 May 1980 | Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands with her husband Prince Claus and their sons Prince Willem-Alexander, Prince Constantijn and Prince Johan Friso, on the balcony of the royal palace in Amsterdam, the day after Beatrix’ inauguration as Queen. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)