Huis Met de Hoofden

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Huis Met de Hoofden information

Amsterdam , The Netherlands
Street Keizersgracht 123
Getting there
tram 13/14/17 Westermarkt
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A whimsical example of Dutch Renaissance style, this canal house has a beautiful step gable with six heads at door level representing the classical muses. Folklore has it that the heads depict burglars, decapitated in quick succession by a fearless maid as they tried to break in.

The facade drips with decorations – lion masks, obelisks and vases – as well as the famous heads (match 'em up): Apollo, Diana, Ceres, Bacchus, Minerva and Mars. The building now houses the Bureau Monumentenzorg, the city office of monument preservation.