Northern Europe - Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is home to many of the Dutch masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Van Gogh. It is the home of the national art collection of Holland. The Rijksmuseum's architecture caused quite a bit of consternation among the Dutch when the design was first shown in the late 1880s. The architect, P.J. Cuypers toned down his neo-Renaissance/neo-Gothic lines, but the result is still very extravagant compared to much of the rest of the city.
Photo by: Linda Garrison