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Payam in Amsterdam, Gallery III

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Statues in judgment hall of the Palace. This is where people were condemned to death, read their sent ence and summarily beheaded. The sculpture is exquisite.
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This is the chair from which death death sentences are rendered. The likenesses of the toddlers and t he skull above the chair are creepy.
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The main hall of the Royal Palace. It was designed to impress. Toward that end, it is a successful ef fort. Atlas is not shrugging. Maybe that's why he looks good.
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Of the many statues in the main hall.
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The ceiling in the main hall.
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More showy stuff.
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The opposite end of the great hall.
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One of the many rooms in the Palace. If you wanted to go sell stuff or buy stuff (even if forcibly) t o or from another part of the world, you would make a tour of the Palace in order to get permission, get financing, buy insurance, arrange for staff and transportation, and off you would go.
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The hallways are impressive.
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They contain a lot of interesting sculpture and paintings.
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A biblical scene covering one of the walls. Some of these paintings are simply gigantic.
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More impressive roofing.
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More paintings that made old bureaucracies feel important.
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This is actually a painting.
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Likenesses of the hunter are popular here.
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The stage in front of the Royal Palace.

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