Sunday, 17 June 2012

The Willet-Holthuysen mansion at the Herengracht in Amsterdam

Some exclusive houses at the most prestigious Amsterdam canals are enormous. You could not imagine how big they are. Some of the mansions are like three houses in a row. We visited the house of the Willet-Holthuysen family, who donated their home to the city of Amsterdam as a museum in the year 1895. The house itself dates from 1685. These days, a house like this would cost several million Euros.

The second picture shows the couple Willet-Holthuysen, I thought it was important to have an idea who lived in this house together with many servants. Not withholding that the mansion had more than ten rooms, the family didn’t have any children. The lady of the house loved pets and had a few dogs and cats. The servants lived on the ethic. The furniture is from the same century, we loved the art and the porcelain. The pictures say it all.

Sommige exclusieve herenhuizen aan de beroemde Amsterdamse grachten zijn enorm groot. Je kan het haast niet geloven. Het lijken wel drie huizen achter elkaar. We bezochten het herenhuis van de Willet-Holthuysen familie, die het doneerden aan de stad als museum in 1895. Het huis zelf dateert uit 1685. Heden ten dage kost zo’n huis verschillende miljoenen euros. 

De tweede foto toont het echtpaar Willet-Holthuysen, wij dachten dat het belangrijk was te weten wie hier woonde samen met vele dienstboden. Niettegenstaande dat het huis meer als tien kamers heeft, had het echtpaar geen kinderen. De vrouw des huizes hield van dieren en had enkele honden en katten. De bedienden leefden op de zolder. De meubelen dateren uit dezelfde eeuw en we waren onder de indruk van de kunst en het porselein. De foto’s spreken voor zichzelf.. 
 
Willet-Holthuysen Amsterdam

Willet-Holthuysen Amsterdam

Willet-Holthuysen Amsterdam

Willet-Holthuysen Amsterdam

Willet-Holthuysen Amsterdam

Willet-Holthuysen Amsterdam

Willet-Holthuysen Amsterdam

Willet-Holthuysen Amsterdam

Willet-Holthuysen Amsterdam

Willet-Holthuysen Amsterdam

Willet-Holthuysen Amsterdam

Willet-Holthuysen Amsterdam

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11 comments:

  1. Beautiful, beautiful. - Incredibly old house !
    There must have been dozens of servants. I wouldn't have liked to be one of them.
    I like to look at those pieces of furniture and houseware and etc., but it would be difficult to live in the middle of them.
    Have a nice next week.
    orvokki

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  2. Thank you for your visit, very nice photos, I'm impressed with this place, beautiful interiors!

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  3. simply fantastic-thanks for this amazing digital tour!

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  4. I love visiting places like this. Very nice shots of the details.

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  5. I love the garden, the clock, and that amazing staircase! The couple look rather severe, maybe not such a bad thing that they had no children.

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  6. A great time period!



    Have a GREAT Week

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  7. Wouhaaaaaaaaaa quelle superbe maison de maîtres! j'aime+++ et ton reportage super!!! Bisousssssssssssss

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  8. Wat een rijkdom hé, Filip... Mooi !
    Lie(f)s.

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  9. Wonderful details. Stunning interiors. I like very, very long staircase and stained glass.
    Greetings, Carmen

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  10. Brilliant pictures, this house is very charming!I love the staircase composition!
    Léia

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