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An other kind impession from Amsterdam.
From the Rijksmuseum's garden...

Ferdinand Leenhoff's (1841-1914) Mercurius sculpture is visible on the picture. The bronze sculpture made in 1898.

One of the least known sightseeing attractions in Amsterdam is the garden by the Rijksmuseum. This attractive garden features beautifully cared for flowerbeds, fountains and summerhouses, but also a collection of sculptures.
The 'ruins' in this garden are especially worth mentioning. A curious collection of building fragments from old-Holland was brought together at the end of the last century from all over the country. The result is a collection of five centuries of Dutch architecture - everything from Gothic pillars from Edam to 17th century city gates from cities such as Groningen and Deventer.
Of special interest is the 'Fragments Building': pilasters, gables, lion masks and festoons from monuments, which were pulled down in the last century. Entrance to the garden is free from Tuesday-Saturday between 10 AM - 5 PM and Sundays and holidays between 1-5 PM

The Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is the largest museum in the Netherlands, with more than a million visitors each year. The Rijksmuseum is a familiar Amsterdam landmark and possesses an unrivalled collection of Dutch art, from early religious works to the masterpieces of the Golden Age.

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum was designed by the architect Pierre Cuypers (1827-1921). Intended to house the nation's art collection, the building was opened on 13 July 1885. Plans to build a new museum had first been proposed in the 1850s and 60s; in 1875 a competition was held to find a design. The city of Amsterdam, in addition to presenting its painting collection, also reserved a plot of land for the building on the edge of the old city in the projected southern extension. The museum would be the link between the two districts. In fact, Cuypers's winning design included a road passing through the middle of the museum.

Cuypers's design for the Rijksmuseum was based on a simple principle: a rectangle with two courtyards. He located the museum galleries around the courtyards, giving each room ample daylight. In the centre, above the road that passed through the building, came a 'gallery of honour'. At the end of this gallery Cuypers planned a room for the Night Watch. As construction work proceeded, extra functions were added to the building, including a library and two art colleges. These extensions raised the price of the Rijksmuseum well over the original budget of one million guilders: eventually, it cost 2.8 million. Cuypers's courtyards were roofed over in 1962 and 1969. This created a large area for new rooms, although the clarity of the design was lost. (Source: Rijksmuseum.nl & amsterdam.info)

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