Royal Palace of Amsterdam, Netherlands - Click to View Hi-Res Image

The Royal Palace of Amsterdam (Paleis op de Dam in Dutch) was originally built to be the Town Hall for the City of Amsterdam. It was built by Jacob van Campen and opened by Cornelis de Graeff on 20 July 1655. It most recently became a royal palace in 1813 under King William I of the Netherlands, who realized the importance of having a royal palace in the capital. The palace is now used by Queen Beatrix for official functions during state visits and other official receptions.