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Built in the seventeenth century as the Town Hall to witness the wealth of the Dutch Republic, the building was transformed in 1808 by Louis Bonaparte in the Royal Palace. To avoid attacks by the rebels, the entrance is well hidden under the porch and right, both inside and outside, for the refined decorations, are tangible evidence of the prestige it enjoyed Amsterdam. The sculptures on the facade are the work of the Flemish artist Artur Quellijn, while the decoration of the ceilings inside helped artists such as Ferdinand Bol, Jan Lievens, Jacob Jordaens and Govert Flinck. Names are important for what was the largest office building in Europe.