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Felix Meritis Observatory festive opening.

Voorgevel_detail_observatoriumFelix Meritis celebrates 225 years of Merits, Connection and Enlightenment in 2013 and contributes to Amsterdam 2013.

During the festive year Amsterdam 2013 we look back on the construction of the canals 400 years ago and their importance to the city. Felix Meritis is situated right in the centre of this area, in what is now the World Heritage zone of Amsterdam.

Felix Meritis is an independent European centre for Art, Culture and Science as well as an (inter)national meeting place in Amsterdam. In Felix Meritis art, culture, philosophy and politics are discussed every day. Under the slogan Connecting Cultures we foster the European dialogue and participate in national and international cultural networks.

The festive opening of the historically significant Observatory, that still offers one of the highest vistas of Amsterdam, is planned for April 2013 as a kick-off event of the anniversary activities of Felix Meritis and the celebratory year in which Amsterdam commemorates 400 years of canals.
Merits, Connection and Enlightenment
The Felix Meritis Society (Felix Meritis is Latin for ‘happy through merit’) was founded by forty keen and prosperous citizens of Amsterdam in 1777. In 1788 they moved into the purpose-built Neo-Classical city palace which they called the “Temple of Enlightenment”. Here major cultural and scientific progress was made and the society was to become a flourishing centre for art, culture and science for almost a century. The beautiful concert hall was the capital’s most important music temple where Schumann, Saint-Saëns, Brahms and others performed.

From April 19th. Start: 13:30

Admission: € 6,50