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Amsterdam’s Royal Palace sits on 13,659 wooden poles.

Amsterdam’s Royal Palace sits on 13,659 wooden poles.


Because of the thick layer of fen and clay present in Dutch soil, all the buildings in the Netherlands are built on wooden poles.

These wooden poles are fixed into a sandy layer over 35 feet below ground-level!


Historical building
The power and wealth of Amsterdam was reflected in the building and its interior design.

The building's classical facade, fine sculptures and paintings were intended to glorify the city of Amsterdam and its government. In the 17th century it was the largest secular building of Europe.

Nowadays it is used mainly for official state functions, for example state visits, the King's New Year reception and other official receptions.

Open to visitors
The Palace is used for receiving foreign Heads of State, royal receptions and award ceremonies, but is open to the public when it is not being used for official occasions.


For more than 200 years, the Royal Palace Amsterdam has been one of the residencies of the Dutch Monarchy

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