The first time I saw Magna Plaza, I was in absolute awe.
Such an imposing structure is an upscale shopping mall tucked behind the Royal Palace Amsterdam and the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), just a stone throw away from the Dam Square. It is so majestic!
I can’t help but wonder …
What was the purpose of this alluring building when it was first built?
To my surprise …
This was the former Amsterdam’s Central Post Office & P.. telephone company.
The construction of this striking building was erected in the period 1895 – 1899. It is built in Neo-Gothic and Neo-Renaissance, designed by the famous Dutch government architect, Cornelis Hendrik Peters (1847-1932).
The citizens of Amsterdam gave the building the nickname the ‘Perenburg’, loosely translated to ‘Pear Castle’, due to the fact that the building has pear-shaped crown turrets.
The public function of the building came to an end in 1987. Magna Plaza became the first Amsterdam shopping mall, opened on 17 August 1992.
📍 Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 182. 1012SJ Amsterdam.
The building has been listed as a national monument “Rijksmonument” since 9 July 1974 and it is part of the Top 100 Dutch heritage sites.
Undoubtedly, this has got to be one of the most beautiful buildings in Amsterdam!