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This small octagonal building at the Hofvijver is first mentioned in chronicles in 1354 and probably dates from the first half of the 14th century. At the edge of the Parliament Buildings was originally a summer gazebo for Counts of Holland. It was connected by a drawbridge with the count's garden. At the site of this garden, later east of the Tower the Mauritshuis was built around 1640 as the residence for John Maurice, Prince of Nassau-Siegen. Today the Mauritshuis is a museum.
West of the Tower is the Mauritshuis and the Grenadiers Gate, that gives access to Parliament Buildings. Directly opposite the Tower are offices of the House of Representatives. On the ground floor in the Tower there is small meeting room. The first floor houses the office of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands and the Minister of General Affairs. The Tower is part of the portfolio of the "Rijksgebouwendienst". It was first used as the office of the Prime Minister by Ruud Lubbers when he became Prime Minister in 1982, before that it was used by the Minister of the Interior as his main office.
Mark Rutte at his desk in 2012
Mark Rutte and staff in 2012
seen from the Hofvijver in 2015
seen from the Binnenhof in 2012
seen from the Hofvijver in 1913
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