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The Hague (Den Haag) - the third largest city in the Netherlands - is the seat of the country's government and home to the Royal Family.It's also a city full of history, many splendid museums and art galleries, and countless entertainment opportunities.Close to the North Sea (it's where you'll find the seaside resort of Scheveningen), The Hague is also home to numerous government ministries and embassies, along with the headquarters of several international organizations, including the International Court of Justice.The Hague is also a city of the arts, and was home to many prominent Dutch artists, no doubt attracted by the city's pleasant wide streets, elegant and spacious squares and promenades, and attractive residential suburbs.The famous Peace Palace (Vredespaleis), an imposing brick building constructed between 1907-13, was largely paid for by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.Built in a mix of Gothic and Neoclassical styles, it's flanked on its long-arcaded façade with its steeply pitched roof and 80-meter-high tower.Originally built as a banqueting hall, it later served as a market, promenade, drill hall, playground, and even a hospital before being restored in 1904.Madurodam is a truly unique attraction, which tourists of any age will enjoy, best known for its extensive miniatures depicting life in the Netherlands in scale.
Designed by HP Berlage in 1935, the museum displays a wide range of material relating to the history of the town, along with 19th- and 20th-century art, applied and decorative art (including ceramics, silver, and furniture), and an outstanding collection of traditional and electronic musical instruments.
Of particular note is a section dedicated to modern art with numerous works by Piet Mondriaan and Paul Klee.
The Louwman Museum features the oldest collection of cars in the world, now numbered at more than 250 vehicles.
This large Gothic hall - it measures 40 meters by 20 meters - boasts many magnificent stained-glass windows depicting the coats of arms of Dutch towns, as well as the spectacular Rose Window with the arms of the principal noble families of the Netherlands.
The heavy timber roof structure with its 18-meter-long beams has the appearance of an upturned ship, and carved wooden heads symbolizing eavesdroppers from the "higher powers" are supposed to deter members of the assembly from lying.