That is what is written on an architrave in the center of Amsterdam. Since most people do not speak Latin, not even the building commission, it was accepted to put on a new building in 1991. It was mend as a pun with a big fat ;-)
Most people do not know when they walk through these entrance gates that they are entering a prison, now a shopping center. Only when you see the buildings from above, you can see that the cross-building was the former prison. On the canal side a bridge has been build to connect the square to the Vondelpark. On the lower right hand side you can see the pop-temple Paradiso and also on the right in the middle the architrave with its funny text. The upper levels are offices and housing is build along the canal
The round building houses Holland Casino.
I can tell you I do not read or speak Latin, but this is just… something funny that happened on the way to the Forum.
On the square which is named after Max Euwe, a Dutch Chess Master, you can play chess of course but also visit the Hard Rock Cafe, Wagamama, enjoy a beer or something to eat, during summer of course also outside.
[photos: BV Zaanen Spanjers CS Architects BNA]