In 1998 work started to recreate the towns harbour to how it would have looked in 1650 including naturally overgrown river banks. When it was completed it was desinated a national monument and is designated for historic ships such as clipper barges, stijlstevens and Frisian Maatkastens. The harbour is on the River Merwede.
Some old buildings in the old town have some details which are not obvious at the first view. Take a look at the old town hall, which now houses a restaurant (Hoogstraat 47). Another building at Hoogstraat (nr. 37) also has a beautiful façade. Vissersdijk Nr. 2 is more modern and houses a shop for women’s clothing. But there, you can see all the different names under which today’s town of Woudrichem was known troughtout the centuries.
This is one of Woudrichem’s old city gates now houses a restaurant. The Gevangenpoort from the 15th century (Prisoner’s gate) forms part of the old town fortification which was finished in 1587. This comprised five city gates, but the Gevangenpoort is the only one remaining.
„Nooit Gedagt“ is the name of a windmill which is in use. Built between 1990 and 1995, it is rather young and replaced a windmill from 1662 which was blown up by the Germans during WWII. You’ll find also a shop there which sells flour as well as bread and cookies. The shop is open between Thursday and Sunday, for more details, check out the webpage below. By the way, “Nooit gedagt” can probably be best translated with “Never thought of”.
Although the Martinuskerk (dutch reformed church) is more impressive, another old church building is nice to see. The Kerk H. Joannes Nepomucenus is the old church of the roman catholic community in Woudrichem. It was finished in 1838 and dedicated to John of Nepomuk. Predomitant architectural style is neoromanic.
The Martinuskerk is the largest building in the town. Built in the 15th century, it is a good example for the late gothic style in this area. During the 80 – years – war, its spire was shot down by the Spanish and parts of the church were destroyed. The church was restored in the 16th century. The missing spire gave the tower the nickname Mosterdpot which means “mustard jar”.
This harbour is now considered as a National Monument.
It has been modified in 1998 to look again as it was in the 17th century.
It is only intended for historic ships like clipper barges, Dutch Stijlstevens and Frisian Maatkasten.
In the old town centre, this is a church from the 15th century.
The heavy square tower used to be higher and much more conical. Inb fact, the spire section was shot down by the Spanish during the town's occupation in 1574. Since then, the tower has been known locally as 'The Mustard Pot' - de Mosterdpot...
The entire church burned down at the end of the 16th century but the building was restored.
Today it belongs to the Dutch Reformed Church.
Earthen walls surround Woudrichem, and the river Waal on the north side. The little town is lower than the surrounding area. While I made the last photo of the day, a windmill stood right behind me, but I didn't catch that one!
The Martinus church is known locally as the Mustard Pot because in 1574 when the town was occupied by the Spanish the main spire was blown off by a canon.
The town gate is the last remaining gate of the original five that once guarded the town. It is called Gevangenpoort and has a restaurant inside. It dates from 1587.
Stands on one end of a beautiful street, lined with great looking houses and trees. Must be quite expensive to live here.
Every corner gives a charming view of yet more old and lovely buildings and houses. It was the last light of day before a rainfall and my camera batteries low. I only managed a few photos.