The universe in miniature
The architect, Jacob van Campen, devised a clever way of using imagery in his Citizens' Hall. On a throne above the entrance is the Amsterdam Maiden, who represents the city. She looks down over the world and the northern sky, which are represented by large maps in the floor. Around her are statues depicting the four elements and, in the galleries, are statues depicting the planets. The unspoken message? Amsterdam is the centre of the universe.