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    Amstenrade

    by OlafS Updated Aug 3, 2003

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    Kasteel Amstenrade dates from the 17th century but in ca. 1780 was rebuilt in Southern Netherlands Classical style according to a design by architect Bartholomé Digneffe. The plans were never completed, one of the wings is still missing, but the castle is worth a look anyway. From a distance that is, as the castle is private property of count Lambert d'Ansembourg and cannot be visited. You can take a walk through the gardens though. Other sights in Amstenrade include the neo-Gothic church and at least one of those typical closed farms.

    Amstenrade castle
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    Asselt

    by OlafS Updated Jun 18, 2003

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    A church such as this can only be found in this province. It stands on the location of a Francian fortress and was built from the ruble of Roman buildings in the area as well as stones from the river Maas. Originally this small Romanesque church had a westtower and a rectangular choir. In 1515 the Maas reached a very high level and the tower collapsed. A new Gothic tower was built on the eastern side later, at the back of the choir. Unlike the rest of the church, this new tower was made of brick.
    In 1916 a restoration started. New windows were added to the nave and all later brickwork additions to the choir and nave, like buttresses, were replaced by new ones in natural stone. Responsible architect Cuypers also added an extension to the west-side of the church. The people of the village donated many stones from the river, which they had collected through the ages. The outside walls of the new extension are covered with these stones. As space is limited, the two big buttresses that support the new choir each have a passage.The hill is protected by a wall of concrete, covered with bricks. Walking around the church gave me a feeling as if I was in the fairytale part of the Efteling amusement parc.

    Asselt: church St. Dionysius de Areopagiet
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    Arcen

    by OlafS Updated Apr 10, 2003

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    Arcen has this medieval watermill, which is currently used as a distillery, as well as a castle famous for its gardens. Both can be visited. Elsewhere in Arcen there's also a large brewery with on the other side of the street a bar where its beers can be sampled.

    Arcen: watermill De Ijsvogel
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    Susteren

    by OlafS Written Feb 25, 2003

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    In the 8th century a monastery with church was founded, halfway down the road between Utrecht and Echternach. Later this monastery became a convent, and after that a wordly minster for noblewomen, a so-called Stift. The church was destroyed by fire in the 11th century, and was replaced by a new one. In the 12th century a westwork was added, similar to that of the church of the minster in Essen, Germany. Like the example in Essen, this St. Salvator's church had a closed westwork consisting of a massive-looking central tower with an octagonal spire, with lower square stair-towers on either side. Inside this westwork was a choir.
    A rare feature of this church is the crypt behind the choir which is partly built above the ground. This crypt again is almost an exact copy of the one in Essen and contains the remains of Carolingian king Swentibold. The crypt and the choir are probably the oldest parts of the church.
    Another peculiar thing about the church is the width of the transept, which is bigger than that of the rest of the church. Again, this is very similar to the church in Essen.
    From 1885 to 1890 the church was restored by P.J.H. Cuypers who gave the church much of its current look. The westwork was changed to Cuypers' own taste; the stair-towers were heightened, while the originally higher central part of the westwork was not, and received a simple saddle-roof instead of a replica of the vanished spire.
    The church is now dedicated to St. Amelberga, the first abbess of the convent.

    Susteren: Stiftkerk or St. Amelberga
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    Roermond

    by OlafS Written Jun 10, 2003

    The magnificent Munsterkerk (picture) is just one reason to see Roermond. More in my page about this city.

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    Houthem-St. Gerlach part 2

    by OlafS Updated May 6, 2003

    A picture of the inside of the church. But of course pictures cannot do much justice to something like this, you have to see it "in the flesh".

    Houthem-St. Gerlach: church interior
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