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    Walburgiskerk

    by Twan Written Mar 8, 2012
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    The Walburgiskerk was founded and built as Romanesque collegiate church around 1050, rebuilt in Cologne's Romano-Gothic style in 1200-1270, then increased in the 14th, 15th and early 16th century to a large church hall, an example of rich Lower Rhine Gothic. In the tower hang six bells that still hand are sound, and on Saturday from 18.00 before the church services. In celebration is the Angelus bell, which is heard daily.
    When the church hears the Librije since 1561, a library with 750 old folios that are chained to ancient lectrijnen, desks, to prevent theft. Besides the Librije there are only two other "chain libraries' preserved in the Italian and the English Hereford Cesena. The Librije was established as a 'public' library for wealthy Egyptians Zutphen, and today holds an important collection of mainly 15th-17th-century books.

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    Walburgiskerk, general view

    by egonwegh Updated Aug 15, 2011

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    A general view of the Walburgiskerk. "It is very odd indeed", said the tour guide who showed us the interior of the church, "that the inhabitants of Zutphen should travel hundreds or even thousands of kilometers to visit a church dating back to the 12th or 13th century in some foreign country! Because what we have here is a church dating back to the year 1000 right in the middle of our own town!"

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    Synagogue

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 29, 2011

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    This synagogue was open when we where there and a very enthusiastic rabbi explained us some things.

    The synagogue was built in 1879.

    The Jewish community was almost completely eradicated by the Germans during WWII.

    After the war, the few remaining Jews had to sell the synagogue because they could not pay the costs that came with it.

    After that, the building housed a machine factory, and an extra level was build inside the building.

    In 1976 the city bought the building and wanted to demolish it in favor of new houses.

    However, the building was saved by placing it on the national lists of monuments.

    It is again in use as a synagogue since 1985.

    Open from 11.00-16.00 h.

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    Martinus Church

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 29, 2011

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    This church was first mentioned in 1121.

    Additions were made during the 15th century

    In the 19th century the church was rebuild, but restored again in its old state between 1954-1957.

    The last restoration was in 2002.

    Located in Warnsveld, a village close to Zutphen.

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    Bourgonje Tower

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 29, 2011

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    This city wall tower is from 1457.

    It was built to house a special big caliber canon, to protect the city from the Burgundians.

    Apparently, this canon was never used as such.

    In 1742 a dome was added, where minister J.F. Martinet used to have his study room.

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    Statue The Dwarf and the Duck

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 29, 2011

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    This statue in the grass near the harbor is called "The Dwarf and the Duck".

    Don't spend too much time looking for the duck though! It was made of fat and bird-seed and eaten by the birds!

    The dwarf seems to witness this event and raises his arms in despair.

    A sign next to the statue and the old big tree warns that branches of the tree can come down...

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    Statue of Thonis Drogenap

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 29, 2011

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    This statue of the musician Thonis van Grol (nicknamed Drogenap) is next to the Drogenaps Tower.

    Drogenap lived in the tower next to the statue in 1555.

    If you're small enough, you can enter it and have your picture taken!

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    Drogenaps Tower

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 29, 2011

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    In 1444 a new city gate was built in the south of Zutphen. However, the gate was not used a lot and closed to save the wages of the gatekeeper.

    In 1555 the musician Thonis van Grol, nicknamed Drogenap, was living in the tower. That is why the tower has still it's present name.

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    House of Borro (almshouse)

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 29, 2011

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    Almshouses were built for the poor, often elderly people of a (religious) community.

    Borro, a priest gave his house and money in favor of old people in 1320, at least if they had lived a good religious life.

    Around the yellow house of Borro more almshouses were built. In the 19th century, the Born Hof was completely renewed, except for the House of Borro and the gate (1723).

    A stone next to the entrance remembers a flooding of the river IJssel in 1651.

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    Oude Born Hof (almshouses)

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 29, 2011

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    Almshouses were built for the poor, often elderly people of a (religious) community.

    Borro, a priest who dies in 1320, gave his house and money in favor of old people, at least if they had lived a good religious life.

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    Luthers Hofje (almshouses)

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 29, 2011

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    Almshouses were built for the poor, often elderly people of a community, in this case the Lutheran community.

    The houses were built in 1851 and were restored in 1980-1981,

    The swan above the entrance is a Lutheran symbol.

    Inside is a small garden.

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    Spanjaards Gate (Spanish Gate)

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 29, 2011

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    The Spanjaards Gate is a so-called "barbican", a fortified outpost outside the city wall.

    In 1572 the Spanish entered the city through this gate.

    During the war in 1944 the Germans blew up the buildings of the old monastery that was next to this gate.

    The gate was restored in 1952.

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    Gunpowder Tower (Kruit Toren)

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 29, 2011

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    The building of this defense tower dates back to 1320.

    It was part of the city wall, and build under a special angle in the wall so the wall itself could be optimally protected.

    Since 1558 it was used to produce and store gunpowder, hence it's name.

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    Whisper Boat (Fluister boot)

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 29, 2011

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    A great way to start your trip through Zutphen is to take a 1 hour guided tour by electrical boat (whisper boat or fluister boot).

    The boats daily depart at 11.30, 13.30 and 15.00 hours, and 12.00 and 13.30 on Sundays, so plan this well!

    Costs are only 4.50 euro per adult, kids from 4-9 years 2.50 euro, below 4 years free.

    The ticket was including a FREE cup of coffee at the IJssel Paviljoen next to the river IJssel.

    Every day from April-October.

    The boats are run by enthusiastic volunteers, so a small tip at the end is welcome!

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    Water Tower

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 29, 2011

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    This water tower was built in 1927, to replace the function of the Drogenaps Tower as water tower.

    It is 46 m high, and the waterreservoir on top is still in use.

    In the lower part there are small apartments for single people.

    The pictures are taken from the water during our whisperboat tour.

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