Did I say Maastricht had two masters? Let me add a third. Het Vrijthof, now a big square in the centre, once was a small autonomous 'state' that only recognised the German emperor as its master. This 'state' was ruled by the chapter of the church of St. Servatius, built on the grave of this saint. A second church was later built next to it, the St. Jan, when the priests no longer wanted to share their church for purposes like baptisms, marriages and burials. This church was later taken by the protestant minority, that still owns it.
The picture is an old one. At the time of my most recent visit the square was one big hole in the ground.
One of the most famous squares in all of the Netherlands.
In summer, the bars and terraces are extremely crowded and people enjoy the sun lying on the square. The basiliques are also a popular sight for tourists.
In winter, an ice-skate track provides a nice opportunity to enjoy this place.
“Het Vrijthof” prove’s that Maastricht has more to offer then just art and culture. Durring the summer you can relax at one of the nice pavements with a great view of “de Sint Servaasbasiliek”.
Besides many bars and café’s, Maastricht has many restaurants where you can tatse the Burgundian kitchen and typical local specialities like “grotchampignons”, “rommedoe-kaas” and “asperges”.
This is the view most people get of these major churches from the Vrijthof - Central Square in Maastricht.
Het Vrijthof, a square full with pavements, a loveley place to sit, drink, eat and for look to other peoples.
This small building next to the St.-Servaasbasiliek was of great importance to the city. It was the place where the keys to the city gates were kept!
The Vrijthof is a pleasant square. One one side you see these two old churches. To the left is the gothic St. Jan, which became a protestant church in 1632.