This is a stunning monument and is well worth visit. Its a monument to US 325th Glider, 504th PIR and Polish Battalion DZ/LZ.
Designed by Leo Gerritsen and Henk van Hout and erected on 17th September 1985.
The rusting parachutes commemorate the fact tht the fields that they stand in were used as the drop zones and landing zones of the 504th PIR on 17th September 1944, who went on to capture the bridge at Grave, and later by one battalion of the 1st Polish Independent Para Brigade and the US 325th Glider Infantry on 23rd September.
Zeldenrust, a relatively small mill of a type called 'gesloten standerdmolen'. Mills of this type are used to produce flour.
Year of construction 1736 (Geertruidenberg), on this location since 1890.
Point of embarkment or disembarkment of the former ferry service between Overasselt and Gasselt.
The ferry service has been discontinued, but we were told that this is still the spot were Sinterklaas - the guy who brings toys to little children - sets foot on Overasselt soil every year around December 5.
Another view of the chapel. Here I am standing with my back to the 'holy oak' .... By the way, I've read somewhere that the 'holy oak' itself, old as it may seem, cannot possible be the same tree that Walrick's daughter or Charlemagne would have found here. If that were true, that same tree would have to be over 1,200 years old by now!
At a certain point in time (mid-1970s?) the chapel had suffered so much damage that it had almost completely disappeared ; but then it was reconstructed to its present state, halfway between total disappearance and a complete chapel.
A 15th-century chapel in the woods along the road from Nijmegen to Overasselt. Throughout the centuries, people have come to this place to be rid of disease.
The tradition apparently started in the year 727 (!), when the daughter of a man called Walrick, the head of a local tribe of "heathens", fell ill. She was told that she could be cured if she would pray to God and tie a piece of cloth to a tree. She was indeed cured and the whole tribe adopted the Christian faith.
According to another tradition, advocated by nearby restaurant St Walrick, king Charlemagne (who was to become Emperor in the year 800) suffered from a fever while staying in his palace in Nijmegen in the year 777. He too was brought to this spot and left a piece of his robe in the tree. Whatever the case may be: ever since that time, people have come here to tie pieces of cloth, handkerchiefs and even socks to the branches of an old tree in order to be freed of fever ....
Off the beaten path - you'll find this farm along the road from Nijmegen to Overasselt. It's called "De Bonenhof" (in English that would be The Beanie Farm)