Whilst in Dam Square which is in the centre of the city I took the above photograph of the Royal Palace
Built as City of Amsterdam's Town Hall work was started in 1648 and it was opened in July 1655 by Cornelis de Graeff the Mayor of Amsterdam.
The building was constructed on 13,659 timber piles and clad in a yellow sandstone from Bentheim in Germany.
It served as the Town Hall until 1808 when Louis Napoleon, brother of the Napoleon Bonaparte declared it as his personal residence during his reign as the King of The Netherlands.
In 1813 Prince William of Orange, later King William I, returned the palace to the City of Amsterdam, but maintained the right to use it as a royal residence and hosting space when in the capital.