Felix Meritis was built at the end of the 18th century as a center for the promotion of the arts, literature and science. The structure is currently under restoration “in de steigers”, yet is still hosting debates, expositions, theater, film and music.
FELIX IN DE STEIGERS • FELIX MERITIS
From the street the building resembles a classical temple with columns and a big dome which used to house an observatory.
Restaurant Staets is on the ground floor. Climb the lovely central staircase and check out the exhibition spaces, meeting rooms, concert hall, The interior includes original 18th-century features such as the central staircase, the oval concert hall (renowned for its acoustics) and the domed roof – underneath which there used to be an astronomical observatory.
Be sure to go all the way to the top of the building, the view from the roof deck is phenomenal!
Check the Felix in de Steigers website for the event agenda and be sure to come visit before January 2017 when the building is completely renovated.
Besides the cultural events, Restaurant Staets in the lobby is another terrific reason to visit Felix Meritis now. This temporary restaurant serves delicious seasonal specialties for lunch and dinner. Definitely one of our favorite restaurants in town.
[closed for renovation]
Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam
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