Stadhuis-Muziektheater

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Stadhuis-Muziektheater

Nicknamed the Stopera from the combinatin of "Stadhuis" (City Hall) and "Opera," this brick-and-marble complex, opened in 1986, houses both. The building has been described as a set of dentures, and there were moans that its "two for one" nature was a tad too typical of the bargain-loving Dutch. Before the first brick was in place, locals protested over the razing of historic houses in the old Jewish Quarter and around Nieuwmarkt to make way for it. (In particular, look for the moving memorial that marks the spot of a Jewish orphanage, which honors the saga of how, in 1943, three teachers voluntarily accompanied 100 children to the extermination camp of Sobibor: "None of them returned. May their memory be blessed.")

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