The Netherlands

Throwback Thursday: Magna Plaza, Amsterdam

Opened as a shopping centre in 1992, this impressive looking building with some gorgeous detailing and intricately designed towers was built between 1895 – 1899 and used to be the main Amsterdam post office building.

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Throwback Thursday: Vrouw met Stola (Woman with stole), Amsterdam

This lovely statue was created by Pieter d’Hont and was placed here next to the Singel Canal in 1996. She’s apparently inspired by someone the artist knew and he’d made several copies by the time this one was part of a sculpture route around the city and then later moved to its present location.

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Throwback Thursday: Doors, Amsterdam

Part of an ongoing series, these two doors are from the Rembrandt House Museum, the house where Rembrandt lived between 1639 and 1656 and so would have been used by the painter himself.

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Throwback Thursday: The Bazel Building, Amsterdam

This impressive building is named for its architect Karel de Bazel, designed in the Brick Expressionism style and was built between 1919 and 1926. It is ten stories high and 100 metres wide.

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Throwback Thursday: Amsterdam Centraal Station

Located in the heart of Amsterdam, Centraal Station was built between 1881 and 1889 and designed by Petrus J. H. “Pierre” Cuypers – Cuypers also designed the Rijksmuseum.

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Throwback Thursday: The Royal Palace, Amsterdam

The Royal Palace in Amsterdam is King Willem-Alexander’s official reception palace, used for important official events and is one of three palaces used by the Dutch Royal Family. It was originally Amsterdam’s town hall rather than a palace and was designed by Jan Van Campen in the 17th century.

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Throwback Thursday: The National Monument, Amsterdam

The National Monument in Amsterdam was built in 1956 as a memorial to those killed and injured in World War II.

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The National Maritime Museum, Amsterdam

The National Maritime Museum has been housed in The Arsenal building since 1973. It was built in 1656 as a storehouse for the Admiralty of Amsterdam and when I visited had this large ship rather spoiling the view.

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The Dutch Resistance Museum, Amsterdam

The Dutch Resistance Museum, or Verzetsmuseum, is directly opposite Amsterdam Zoo which made it very convenient to visit. It focuses on the Netherlands in World War II exploring briefly what life was like before the war and then on to the different ways the Dutch people survived and fought back whilst under Nazi occupation.

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ARTIS Royal Amsterdam Zoo

ARTIS Royal Zoo is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands, founded in 1838 for members only and then opened to the public in 1851. The zoo is in the centre of Amsterdam, in a nice quiet leafy neighbourhood and far larger than I had been expecting.

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