Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum

This is one of the half-dozen best art museums in Europe. It is not a particularly old building, having been constructed in a newly developed extension of the city at the end of the 19th Century. When new, it stood almost alone in this area, but other buildings have now been built nearby.

The central arches are actually portals to a tunnel that allows pedestrians and bicyclists to pass beneath the building. This is where the entrance should be, and it is, in fact, located just to the side of the three portals.

This building still stands above the skyline today, although it now has some competition from ugly new medium-height skyscrapers a couple of kilometers distant. The detail of the roof ornamentation are an unmistakable landmark throughout most of the city.

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