Soestdijk Palace - visiting a former royal site

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Soestdijk Palace

Paleis Soestdijk (Soestdijk Palace) has been the residence of the late queen Juliana. She took residence in 1937 and lived here until she passed away in 2004. Being the official residence of the queen the palace had always been off limits for the people. I passed the hotel often and saw it from the road that runs in front of the gates.

The history of Soestdijk Palace dates back to 1650 when it was constructed, at that time much smaller, as a vacation house for the mayor of Amsterdam. The site changed ownership several times and was extended more than once. During the French occupation the palace was claimed by the French, it was added to the huge palace collection of Bonaparte Napoleon. In 1813 the site ended up as property of the Dutch Royal family.

The water tower of the palace dates back to 1678 and is probably the oldest still existing water tower in The Netherlands
After the death of Queen (then princess) Juliana Soestdijk became a state property and was finally opened for the public. This was a huge success and is still the case after several extensions.

At this time the palace houses an exposition of the famous Dutch graphic artist Maurits C. Escher. For that reason I went to the palace. While the exposition was interesting and nice the visit to the palace that had been off limits so long and yet so well known from all the public appearances of the former queen was also a nice thing. The only pity was that ever lasting rain...

More pictures below. Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten foto ook vertoond wordt. 

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Soestdijk Palace
Soestdijk Palace
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Soestdijk Palace
Soestdijk Palace
Soestdijk Palace
Soestdijk Palace
The water tower of the palace date…
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photo by: Vlindeke