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Felix Meritis Cultural Center

  • Keizersgracht 324 Map It
  • Western Canal Ring
  • Building/Architectural Site

Published 11/18/2015

Fodor's Review

The recently restored home of the former Felix Meritus Society (Latin for "happiness through achievement"), is a typical building of the Enlightenment, and indeed its Neoclassical architecture arose one year before the French Revolution, 1788. It housed a society dedicated to the study and promotion of economics, science, painting, music, and literature. The building has an observatory and concert hall (Robert and Clara Schumann performed here twice). After the dissolution of the society in 1888, it was owned by printers, occupied by the Communist Party, and then became a venue for performing arts under the name Shaffy Theater. It's now a cultural center for plays, films, readings, and debates. Drop by to pick up a program or have a coffee in its café with huge windows overlooking the canal.

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Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam, North Holland, 1016 EZ, Netherlands

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Published 11/18/2015


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