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    Statue of poet Vondel.
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    Dutch poet Joost vanden Vondel.

    by breughel Written Aug 11, 2013
    Statue of poet Vondel.

    I wonder if in the Dutch schools poet Joost vanden Vondel is still on the program?

    The Dutch poet Joost vanden Vondel (1587 -1679) was on the program of the Francophone schools In Belgium. One should know that Belgian francophones have to study Dutch at school in order to make them more or less bilingual.
    The odd thing is that Vondel was writing in Dutch from the 17 th. century!

    "De wereld is wel schoon, en waerdigh om t'aenschouwen,
    Maer 't reizen heeft wat in. de kosten vallen swaer.
    Men magh den Oceaen niet al te veel betrouwen.
    De Bergen rijzen steil. de bosschen zien te naer."

    This poem is about travelling around the world. My translation:
    The world is nice, and worthy to look at
    But traveling has a point. The costs are heavy.
    One should not trust the ocean too much.
    Mountains rise steeply. The woods look too dark.

    The result was that Francophones of Belgium knew something about Vondel and his time but did not really learn to speak daily Dutch (Flemish), a need for many careers. We use to say that Dutch is "la langue de Vondel"

    The imposing statue is from 1867. He was born in Cologne, then lived in Antwerpen till his parents who were "Doopsgezinden" (Mennonites) did flee to Amsterdam. Later Vondel became Catholic. He is the greatest Dutch author.

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    The Film Museum

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Sep 15, 2005

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    The Filmmuseum is the continuation of the former Dutch Historical Filmarchive.
    Nowadays you can explore the old archives or enjoy the movies being shown.

    The building is the former Vondelparkpaviljon from 1881and designed by W. Hamer.

    The Museum will move to a new location in Amsterdam North; the so-called Shell area.

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    The Vondelpark Open Air Theatre

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Apr 7, 2007

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    Open Air Theatre

    The Open Air Theatre was build in 1955, in 1984 a roof was added to the site,

    In the summertime there are free concerts.

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    Vondel

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Apr 16, 2005

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    Vondel

    In 1867 the statue of Joost van den Vondel was placed in the just opened park.
    Vondel is a famous Dutch poet, who lived from November 17, 1587 to Februari 5, 1679.

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    Muziektent

    by pieter_jan_v Written Apr 12, 2005

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    Muziektent

    The Muziektent, build on a small island dates from 1874.
    It's made from cast iron and designed by Vondelpark architect Zocher.
    It was renovated in 1991.

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    Walking the park

    by pieter_jan_v Written Apr 12, 2005

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    Vondelpark map

    The Vondelpark is 47 ha wide, with 16 ha grass and 11 ha trees. Since 1996 its a national monument. A walk along the outer sides is 3 km long.

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