CAMPANILE - AMERSFOORT
De Brand 50, , Amersfoort, Utrecht 3823 LM
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Travel Tips for Amersfoort
Amersfoort hosts the biggest free outdoor Jazzfestival in the Netherlands. Throughout the old city centre there are several stages where you can watch and listen to Dutch and international jazz artists. Even so it is still mostly a local event, which means crowds don't get too big. And as with all good jazz festivals the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. You can meet people of all ages.
Saterday night always closes with Dutch saxophone legend Hans Dulfer mixing his sax with dj Kikke's dancebeats. You can experience some of their sounds on youtube:
This year (2007) the festival took place in the second weekend in May, from friday evening till sunday afternoon.
Check www.keistadjazz.nl for info.
Where old meets new
I know few places where modern architecture combines so tastefully with the historic heritage. True, not everything is equally great, not even in Amersfoort, but some examples are so well-designed that Amersfoort is worthy of laudation just for those. The proportions are well-chosen, as well as the materials that are used. I especialy like this one. Reminds of a medieval city-gate, doesn't it? I bet it never won a prize. Most modern architects will ridicule this sort of thing. Not pretentious enough, too modest in a time when high rise is the norm. Well, here was one architect who thought his work should fit in its environment rather than to dwarf it.
Rock Blocks - Keistad
Amersfoort is known as "Keistad" (Keystone city). This dates back to a bet that was made to pull a heavy 7 ton rock from the moorland into town. Well in 1661 400 inhabitants did the job and celebrated the fact with beer and pretzels.
In 1672 the whole thing was treated as a foolish act and the rock was burried at the Varkensmarkt.
In 1903 the feeling was different and the rock was un-earthed.
From 1953 it's located at the Stadsring, corner Arnhemsestraat.
In the 1970's City Rock Events are organized yearly and pulling rocks from all over the world is one of the parts of the festivities. Many of these rocks can be seen in the greens of the Stadsring. Rocks.
Legend and truth of the Sint Joris painting
In a restaurant of which the house it was in leaned against the Saint Georges churches, in the 1950-ies a fresco was discovered under 8 layers of chalk on the wall. It was made by monchs and 16th century art. The picture showed Sint Joris slaughtering the dragon. The painting was carefully removed from the wall and got a special place within the church.
this is not the most "fun" part of amersfoort.
we have a "transitcamp" that was used by the germans in worldwar 2.
transitcamp isn't the correct name because there where executions taking place.
its not fun. its not big. but it is something to see and experience and never forget
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