Though only 50 years old, the romanic styl of the Saint Martinus church in Gendt might make you believe that it is older. The large building, centre of the Saint Martinus "parochie" (church society), is the main operating church within the Roman Catholic oriented Gendt. As most significant building, I just had to mention it here.more
In the 13th century there was a noble family Van Poelwijck, that had land here and built a castle. In the 15th century already the possession were handed over to the Collart family after which it went over to the Van Wely's. Then again the Van Poelwijck's enjoyed the land and castle here, but not that long as after them again one by the other rich...more
This church is not just a "Hervormde Gereformeerde Kerk" (actually translated it means something like: Reformed Reformed Church). this church immediately looks different as the tower and the ship are seperated by a green field. In 1844 the mid ship was demolsihed as it had turned into a ruin. It was neglected for decades by the protestants and...more
Gendt is easy to be reached by following the roadsigns from the highway A325 between Arnhem and Nijmegen or by doing the same after ending the A15 from the West towards the East near Bemmel. Follow the signs to "Gendt", or "Doornenburg / Haalderen.
Just outside the village on the riverside of the dike, a well watching person will see a remarkable long pole rising up high. On top a colourful plate and near it's foot a specific system that can release the pole to a horizontal position. This is a shooting target from a tradition that goes back for several centuries. In medieval times the guild...more
Though historically it has not been prooved that Gendt has anything to do with gooses, there are people that say that in a certain weapon of Gendt nodility, the goose appeared already in medieval times. It could be true, as gooses must have nested here throughout the centuries and maybe even already before mankind settled in the area. Now-a-days...more
Together with some other mainly catholic strongholds within the Betuwe, Gendt celebrates a good Carnaval within a part of the Netherlands where this festival in early spring is not celebrated so wildly and emotionally as in the Southern (catholic) provinces. Here one has however the same traditions and keeps them up, until these times, attracting...more
The "Gendtse Waard" is a natural park that belongs to the "Gelderse Poort" nature reserve that stretches in parts along the rivers (Lower) Rhine and Waal in the province of Gelderland. The special nature in these riverlands are remarkable for their wetlands, wide river beaches (created through centuries of time) on either side of the river due to meandering. The powerful current at high waters have a positive influence on fauna and flora in the later again dry "uiterwaarden" (riverbed lands). Gendt is especially known for a wide range in birdlife and as mating waters for fish. A very special bird deserves to be mentioned, this is the "buidelmees" that builts is nest like a hanging bag on tree branches.
In the Netherlands there are quite a few places that easily could be mixed with better known towns, just because the name is quite similar. Within the Betuwe region there is Gendt, which is not Gent ... but to stick to the Beglian-Dutch relations ... there is also a Megchelen, not to be mixed with Mechelen.
Furthermore the largest town in the Over Betuwe is Elst ... which is also a name of a village in the province of Utrecht. Do you get it all ...?
Fondest memory: One of my nicest and surely funniest collegaes during my Cavee Coveco times in Velp came from Gendt: Aloys Kleve. I hope all is well with him and he still reacts as crazy as then on the first sounds of a AC/DC song. (-: