IJzendoorn church, Dorpsstraat 30. Plain Protestant church, late Gothic with choir dating from late 14th century, the church itself and the tower 15th century. Pulpit 2nd quarter of 17th century. South facade with rectangular portal. Heavily damaged during World War II, restored in the 1950s.
Kesteren windmill "De Zwaluw" (The Swallow), Dutch windmill database no. 1235, constructed 2002. Type: 'stellingmolen'. From what I gather from the 'molendatabase', they started off with an imported framework from Germany, but had to replace so many 'parts' that they ended up constructing an entirely new windmill. Well, judging from a distance, they did a very nice job...
Reference to article in molendatabase
Brick kiln north of the river Rhine on the edge of the natural reserve area De Blauwe Kamer. I just love these architectural monuments - but, to be true, brick manufacturing would not be my favourite occupation ...
This is what we had in mind all day long: a visit to Art gallery Nieuw Beerenburght to see the work of our friend Gerlinde. This structure - Gerlinde's magnum opus - is entitled "Het achtuurjournaal met Harry Mulisch"
Parking alongside the canal, one would say that the river "Waal" (down there) is of absolute no threat to the town Tiel, but ... at high tides the walls are beaten by the waves. This happens each year and of course some years can be quite extreme. before entering the town at the watergate one can see a plate in the wall, showing how high the water rose in 1995. The gates are then all closed with large wooden stickes and fortified with bags of sand. The walls are not against any human enemy, but the river that normally brings furtile soils and best means in transport.
Entering Tiel from the "Waal" waterfront will no doubt be through the "Watergate". This old gatebuilding dates back to the medieval times and was actually the gat OUT to the waterfront. In the wall near the gate there is a inlet in which are clearly visible the sparings that allow wooden poles to close the wall against the water. The gate itself has a clockwork in a small gracefull tower on top. Next to it is the old "Gentlemen's Club".
Gentlemen's clubs, you might have heared about them as societies that were exclusively there for the (richer) gentlemen in a town. Socialising, talking, reading the news, smoking cigars and drinking brandy. Well, this kind of clubs were not only in London, but also were found in The Netherlands and in Tiel one of these buildings that housed such a club, is still there. It houses now-a-days a museum and can be found next to the watergate.
Tiel's main church is the Saint Maarten's (Martin) church that is in the centre of town. There are many more churches as Tiel is in a quite traditional and religious region of The Netherlands. It's tower's silouet is visble from various sides of Tiel and a landmark to guide your walks towards so you will surely not get lost.
The - for me - most serene place within the town of Tiel is the Ceacilia chapel next to the green little park in the centre. I always have had more love for chapels then for churches as their small character gives more space for devotion and prayer. The name of this tempel of God is also quite seldomly found: Ceacilia, which makes it to a quite exotic place in Tiel.
Next to the Watergate is also the museum about Flipje and Jam (-making). As capitol of the fruitlands and the related industry, this museum gives a nice and simple view of what this was all about. "De Betuwe" jam was famous in The netherlands and is still there, but as part of the Hero-concern now and not anymore produced in Tiel.
In Tiel centre there are various monuments, but the oldest original is the "Ambtman"s house. It dates back to 1525 and is still looking very fine and taken care off. Translation is something like "Civil Servant" but obviously it will have been the house of a mayor or high ranking civil servant in stead of a deskclerk.
The "Ambtman's Huis" or Civil Servant's house has next to it a little park. This is a small Arboretum and creates a green oasis within the centre of Tiel. The old onument also gets a wonderful green character because of this as shown on the picture here. Now-a-days this house is used for official activities of the Tiel townhall, like weddings.
The Arboretum of Tiel might not be that big, but it houses a few trees that are ebormous in seize and quite old (over a hundred years). Besides that the variety is quite nice and it shows the wide range in plants that (can) grow in these riverlands. No, you won't find any fruittrees here, for those you have to go to the surroundings of Tiel.
Tiel has a strong regional function and houses also the "Kanton gerecht" for the riverlands-area. It is supervised by the Palace of Justice in Arnhem, which on it's turn is under the highest court in The Hague. This palace of Justice in Tiel is housed in a very beautiful mixed "Jugendstile-Roman" style building that can be found just outside the centre, walking Westwards along the citywalls.
Streekmuseum "De Groote Societeit"
It shows you the history of Tiel and the Betuwe. Tiel is the main town of this area.
The museum is situated in an old stately Gentlemen's Society, built in 1789. On the outside the typical Louis XVI-style is clearly visible.
The collection tells you the history of Tiel from the roman period until nowadays.
Tue. thru Fri.: 13.30 - 17.00 hrs.
Sat. and Sun.: 13.30 - 16.30 hrs.
€ 3,00 Adults
F.o.C. Children -4 yrs.
€ 1.50 Children 4-16 yrs.