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The Royal Palace of Amsterdam is located next to Dam Square in central Amsterdam. It was constructed in the middle of the 17th century, at a time called the Golden Age, when the Dutch were the world leaders in trade. The opulence of the building reflects the prosperity of Amsterdam.
It dates back to 1648 and was originally used as the City Hall. It became a Royal Palace when, in 1806, Louis Bonaparte, Napoleon's brother, became the King of Holland.
After the downfall of Napoleon, King Willem I gave the Palace back to the city of Amsterdam though Royalty lived in it until the 1930s.
Although it is now a public building, the Royal family is permitted to use it for official functions and state fu... read more