There is not much to see of the old city strongholds, only the contours and the moat surrounding the city are giving an idea of what it must have been like in the old days.
But it is a nice walk along the water with lots of green. You also see two windmills, and even a part of the old northgate.
The distance is not long and you can easily walk it in an hour.
Over 1800 people died in this disaster. And since then Dutch engineering has developed itself to the finest in the world to win the fight against the sea by building various dams and storm barriers and still leaving the natural water and its flora and fauna intact.
I took this picture off a video shown at the exhibition at the Zeeuwsche Archief. It shows three men and a woman going in a boat over to their house, maybe to salvage anything that is left.
Everywhere in The Netherlands people organised help for the victims of the disaster. Hundreds of children were sent on holiday, even as far as Italy, to regain strength and help them forget the bad times.
Many goods were collected, food, clothes and houseware. The photo shows some products from those times: soap, tinned peas...
To raise money there were stamp savings, concerts and exhibitions, an old man polished shoes for a fee, books were published, children organised fundraising with cents and dimes and the tv-stations held a charity called Purses Open, Dykes Closed (Beurzen open, dijken dicht).
is a sweet narrow street where we have to walk.....cobblestoned......and this sweetie was there on top of a hot car, trying to sleep but I wasn't quick enough with my camera.
It jumped down and started frolicking around my legs......
It took me quite some time but I thought its "design" so great....and those colours black / ginger!
More info about the Oostkerk in the Must See tips....
Yep! Holland did have a Goddess of its own. Nehalennieae is a Goddess, a female deity, contrasts with male deities, known as "Gods". Stone altars were shown when spring tide blew away the dune sand. Research and studies dated the altars, special dedicated to Nehalennieae, as early as 3 centuries BC.
Most pieces show a young female figure, sitting on a throne in an apse between two columns, holding a basket of apples on her lap. Almost always, there is a wolf dog at her side. In some cases, the fruit basket is replaced by something that looks like loaves of bread; in other cases, we can see the woman standing next to a ship or a prow.
Ofcourse the interpretations are extremely difficult, although there are some certain cases. Symbols show the reservations to gods, so for sure Nehalennieae is not a Priestess, or even a mermaid ...
The Koepoort (cowgate) is an old citygate. It was designed by Jan de Munck in 1735.
The gate was not only a citygate but also the house to two families.
Please click this picture to enlarge. It is the newspaper of February 2nd 1953 announcing the terrible storm surge flood that happened the day before, now 50 years ago.
Braun and Hogenberg
Civitates Orbis Terrarum II 28
Date: first Latin edition of volume II
was published in 1575
admitted to Frans Hogenberg
Lange Jan is the tower of hte church and dates from the 14th century. Its 85 meter high and counts 207 steps.
Upstairs you have an nice view over Middelburg and the island Walcheren