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This is the hotel's front entrance, and the property's most historic architectural relic. A stone theater built in 1637 by the architect Jacob van Campen once stood here. It was a famous theater, visited by celebrities and crowned heads of that era. In 1737, Vivaldi conducted a concert there for the theater's 100-year anniversary. But the place burned down in 1772 during a performance by a Flemish operetta company. A tin full of candle wax caught fire and set the side-scenes alight. Only the hotel's present-day doorway (pictured here) and the hall where the landlord lived, where guests now check in, were spared.  The Dylan, Amsterdam by Jaime Gillin