Magna Plaza, Amsterdam

Magna Plaza, Amsterdam

The Former Amsterdam Main Post Office, currently a shopping mall known as Magna Plaza, is a monumental, yet elegant 19th-century building located directly behind the Royal Palace in Dam square. Built in 1895–1899, the edifice features a mix of Neo-Gothic and Neo-Renaissance styles, and has been a rijksmonument – a listed national heritage site (one of the Top 100) in the Netherlands – since July 9, 1974.

The Amsterdam Post Office was designed by Cornelis Peters, and was meant to replace the Royal Post Office of 1854, which had served as a gallery shortly before being torn down in 1897. The brick exterior of the building is heavily and variedly decorated in polychromatic brick with details in dressed stone, including framing for all windows and doors. Across the roof edges are a large number of dormers, each with their own crow-stepped gable.

Due to the pear-shaped crowns on top of the towers, the building is colloquially referred to as “Perenburg” (English: pearburg). The interior consists of a central hall with galleries on two upper floors, surrounded by arcades and crowned by a sunroof. Originally, the public function of the building was limited to the ground floor, while the rest of the structure was accessible only to working personnel.

In 1987, Larmag, a Swedish real estate developer announced plans to re-purpose the building as a luxurious shopping mall. The construction started in February 1991, during which the exterior work was mostly limited to cleaning, repair and restoration of the facades, while the interior was completely rebuilt, maintaining the carrying structures and decorative elements. After renovation, the shopping mall Magna Plaza, named after Larmag's CEO Lars-Erik Magnusson, was finally opened to the public on August 17, 1992.

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Sight Name: Magna Plaza
Sight Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands (See walking tours in Amsterdam)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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