Every first sunday of the month, most of the shops are open. Check it out!
5 mei (hemelvaart)
Enjoying the X-mas bazaar
Arriving to Maastricht in the evening I let myself do a short brush up of the city center... this place was actually the most noticable part, so being the 1st to visit ... like all the roads lead to Rome, all the roads led me to this very place....
Basillica of Our Lady
The basilica of Our Lady is situated in the middle of the Onze lieve vrouwenplein (Our Lady square), its famous west front flanked by two round stepped towers. With to towering walls and loopholes, the basilica looks more like a fortified castle than a church.
The building dates right back to before the year 1000. The nave was built in the 12th century.
This is the oldest church of Maastricht.
The church formed the hub of Liege-governed.
Maastricht before the city’s walls where constructed in 1229. It is well worth having a look inside.
The most remarkable feature is the 12th century Romanesque choir, with its two-tier pillaring. Many of the capitals of the tower tier are decorated with old testament scenes.
The Maastricht Flag
As a city with its own unique identity it's no surprise that it has its own flag which you'll notice all over the place. The white star on the red background has been the city's symbol since 1545 although it was changed to a flag similar to that of Poland in 1938 before being reinstated in 1994.
Whilst it resembles a modern Communist banner it is in fact a historical heraldry symbol.
As you may or may not know, D'Artagnan used to live in Maastricht. In fact it's the place where he died. D'artagnan was one of the famoud Three Musketeers. You can imagine that there are quite a few sights in Maastricht commemorating this legendary hero. There is a Mosaique Picture of D'Artagnan on a house near the Waldeck Park. You can find it on the corner of Aldenhofpark and Tongerseweg.