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Het Huis met de Hoofden (The House with the Heads)

  • Keizersgracht 123 Map It
  • Western Canal Ring
  • Library/Archive

Published 11/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Busts of the Greek deities of Apollo, Ceres, Mercury, Minerva, Bacchus, and Diana welcome visitors to this magnificent example of Dutch Renaissance architecture, one of the three houses in Amsterdam with a side house, forerunner of the double house. The Bartolotti House (Herengracht 170–172) and De Dolfijn (The Dolphin, Singel 140–142) are the other notable examples. This 1622 mansion is attributed to father and son architects Hendrick and Pieter de Keyser. In 2007 the mansion was bought by Joost R. Ritman, owner of a world-famous collection of spirituality literature, the Hermetic Philosophy Library. The aim is to move the collection to Het Huis met de Hoofden in 2017 and create a center focused on Western philosophical and spiritual traditions and their connections to concepts such as free speech and contrarian thinking.

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Keizersgracht 123, Amsterdam, North Holland, 1015 CJ, Netherlands

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Published 11/18/2015


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