‘De Gecroonde Raep’

Oudezijds Achterburgwal 46-A, Amsterdamde gecroonde reap

The building ‘De Gecroonde Raep’ was designed by the renowned city architect Hendrik de Keyser (1565). In the 17th century the wealthy family Valckenier lived there. Their family portrait is part of the art collection of the Amsterdam Museum, formerly known as Amsterdam Historical Museum.The building has entrances at the Oudezijds Voorburgwal and the Oudezijds Achterburgwal. Unique is the beautiful gable stone “De Gecroonde Raep”. In the late 40’s of the last century the world famous Cobra Movement (freethinking artists who combined creative freedom and experimentation, passion and vitality, and social engagement in their work) closed their covenant in the house. The name CoBrA is a combination of the initial letters of the capital city names: Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam. That’s because the initial founders of the group are originally from these countries.

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