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Het Wapen van Riga (The Arms of Riga)

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Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 14, 1012 GD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Built in 1605 in the Dutch Renaissance style by a merchant from the Baltic...

Built in 1605 in the Dutch Renaissance style by a merchant from the Baltic city of Riga, it now houses a Leger des Heils (Salvation Army) hostel.

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Stately old building

I'm a sucker for any old, red-shuttered building in Amsterdam, and this warehouse, now re-purposed as a hostal, and built at the beginning of the 17th Century, fills the bill.

Reviewed 6 February 2016
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Reviewed 6 February 2016

I'm a sucker for any old, red-shuttered building in Amsterdam, and this warehouse, now re-purposed as a hostal, and built at the beginning of the 17th Century, fills the bill.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 391 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2015

If you want to admire some old and cool Amsterdam architecture then this place is a good place to go. Located on a canal in De Wallen, you can feel the age oozing from the building. Great photo op.

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Reviewed 8 July 2015 via mobile

The Leeuwenburgh is a beautiful wooden-framed stone house. One of the oldest buildings on Amsterdam, it was built in 1605 by a merchant from Riga. In the middle gable stone there are two crossed keys - the Coat of Arms of Riga. On the left gable stone there is a fortress (burgh) with a lion’s (leeuw) head sticking out -... More 

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Reviewed 3 April 2015

Het Wapen van Riga is an old building with crow-stepped gable that was used to be the house of Major Bosshardt. She was a well known officer in The Salvation Army, she was a public figure in the Netherlands. This building is now a place where the homeless people can come inside to get warm, have drink or meal, clothes... More 

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to view some of the city’s most picturesque canals, historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples of traditional local architecture – not to mention Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some less salubrious activities drawing the curious to this age-old part of time. Nevertheless, the Red Light District is still a very safe and incredibly fascinating area where at the turn of a corner you can be transported from the dingy glow of modern day neon red to a glorious 16th century Delft blue dreamscape.
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