Doesburg, hidden treasure on the "IJssel"
The mass-tourism has not found Doesburg yet, but the people I show around in this wonderful small town are all enchanted by this hidden treasure of historical beauty. As it's situation in the East of The Netherlands it is as well sure not to get the masses that roam around Holland and the West of our small country. Anyway, people who are intrested ... let me know and I will tell you more.
Fotografia, a museum and exposition space
This museum is very unknown, but well guided on the signs in town. It is actually more an exposition space, though one also explains little about photography in general. Interesting for those who love this art of the sensitive picturing paper.
The story of the tower in art
Behind the church there is a artwork, a statue with a wonderful sympolic meaning. It is a glass construction, simulating births appearing and flying upwards. At the end of the worldwar, the fighting to liberate Doesburg was quite fierce. In this battle the tower of the church got so badly damaged that it started crumbling and fell ... the statue has a text, saying "toen de klok zweeg, verschenen de vogels van vrijheid", which means as much as: "when the clock became silent, the birds of freedom appeared". Beautiful, isn't it?
Small statues, a blessing for watchful eyes
What would a town be without it's statues. Well, boring, for starters! Doesburg has a few very nice statues that make a square, street or garden complete. This one I found really special. It puts something in the picture that deserves maybe some more attention in other places. It's grandmother and grandchild! In a town where the past meets the present.
The small details are making up own stories
In Doesburg, many houses have shields within the stone walls. They always tell something extra about the people that lived here or the traditions, religion or time. Watch them, especially in this place, as there are many to be found.
The house of the widows (Weduwenhuis)
This house started out as a "Frater"-house. "Fraters" were a kind of munks and these were driven out of the Northern town Zwolle and found refugee here in Doesburg. The founded the house already in 1423, which makes it one of the oldest monuments in the town. Later it became the "Latin School" and again later (19th century) it was in use as a house for widows. They found companionship with one another and shelter together.
The "Hof van" Court of "Wisch"
Wisch, a neighborhood within the Achterhoek, should have had a mighty powerful ruler and important nobel family. They have had all over Gelderland their houses and "courts" and in Doesburg one is kept for our present historic interest. The house was a courtshaped complex with a yard inside. Only one side of the buildings remains, including a piece of the garden. Wisch, now-a-days is no more then a area of acres and fields, but the name is still present in many places.