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

  • Keizersgracht 123 Map It
  • Western Canal Ring
  • Building/Architectural Site

Published 11/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Busts of the Greek deities of Apollo, Ceres, Mars, 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, the 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 architect Pieter de Keyser, son of the more famed Hendrick. One story about the house involves a maid and a crew of burglars: as they emerged from some hiding place, she chopped off their heads one by one and then (maybe) married the seventh. In 2007 the mansion was bought by Joseph R. Ritman, owner of a world-famous collection of spirituality literature, the Hermetic Philosophy Library (open to the public at Bloemstraat 13, The aim is to move the collection to Het Huis met de Hoofden around 2016.

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

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Published 11/18/2015


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