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In the 17th century, the Netherlands experienced a period of unprecedented prosperity called the Dutch Golden Age. During this time, a number of monumental buildings were constructed around Amsterdam – many of which were designed to reflect the city’s wealth, cultural standing and global significance. Here’s our guide on where to spot some of these impressive structures.
Although it is now known as the Royal Palace, the monumental building that stands on the western side of Dam Square was originally owned by the city’s council rather than its aristocracy. This palatial structure was built during the height of the Dutch Republic – a period when Amsterdam was among the most prosperous cities in the world. To symbolize the city’s status, its municipality constructed a massive town hall that paid homage to stately Roman and Ancient Greek architecture. Eventually, this building passed into the hands of the Dutch Royal Family and was duly renamed.