Kloveniersdoelen is a building on the Behind the Houttuinen opposite Langeviele in Middelburg in Zeeland. The building has a Flemish facade.
The Kloveniersdoelen was built in 1607 in the Flemish Renaissance style. The goals was the rehearsal room (goals) of the Gorges Irish (gunner members who take the bus shots). In the time it was a French military hospital.
From 1984 to 2004 the building was the home of the Foundation Center for New Music.
The City Hall at Middelburg's market square is one of the nicest in the Netherlands. The first stone of this late-gothic building was laid in 1452.
The building was heavely damaged by German bombardments in WWII, but beautifully reconstructed.
Guided tour from March through November:
Mo - Th: 11.30AM and 3.15PM
Sa - Su: 11.30AM and 3.15PM
Tickets (Euro 4.25) can be bought at the Tourist Shop at the opposite side of the market square.
We were in Middelburg on a drizzly day, and this place came as a gift from heaven for us. We first had a nice Irish coffee in the 'tearoom' of this huge shop, and then went to see the bookshop-part. You can easily spend a couple of hours here if you're a fan of books.
The apple pie in the tearoom looked and smelt really good, but I was still full from the lunch.
We climbed the tower when the weather was bad, so there was not that much to see from the top. Probably you get some nice views when the weather is clear, but I still think that 3,5 euro is way too much for this. It's really only a view; there's nothing else to see in the tower.
Not only an accommodation tip but i reckoned it was a thing to do for me to go down and visit Middelburg - i drove via the enormous Delta Project with its impressive and costly but very necessary network of storm barriers and causeways built following the disaster of serious flooding in 1953 -
and take the opportunity to visit and stay in the castle that is there
(i am rather passionate and mad about castles i think!! must be - visited almost every one of them in scotland and many great ones all around europe!)
which is a medieval castle that is now a youth hostel - thankfully this happens - these wonderful buildings get taken over by youth hostel organisations and we travelling nuts and enthusiastics are given wonderful opportunities to have these great places to put our feet up in!!
So its the Kasteel Westhove run by the Nederslandse Jeugdherberg Centrale - 35 hostels run by them around the Netherlands at the count a few years ago - and is in a lovely spot 15km west of Middelsburg between the villages of Domburg and Oostkapelle.
Out my window i was excited to see that i was actually near the water that makes a sort of moat around the castle!
The place is still fairly easy to get to even without your own car - theres a bus from Middelsburg station to take you there.
it was just such a lovely place - and it was medieval! and in lovely condition, clean, and out in the lovely countryside of the Netherlands!
Built in the early 17th century, the Kloveniersdoelen originally held the Van den Bus marksmen's guild (a klovenier was a long musket) and the became a military hospital. Currently, the building houses the Roosevelt Academy Graduate School of Music. The school combines both the theory and practice of music.
Londensekaai (London Quay), Houtkaai (Wood Quay), Bierkaai (Beer Quay) , Korendijk (Corn Dyke) the names ring with the sound of riches that used to pour through Middelburg when it was a port of call for the Dutch East Indies Company. Merchant houses from this prosperous time can still been seen along Londensekaai and Rouaansekaai.
The Zeeuws Museum got my very interest because of an exhibition about the Dutch Goddess NEHALENNIAE. This museum underwent a total transformation, so its visitors may enjoy its famous collection of wall tapestries.
See the unique perspective over about 2.000 years of Zeeland history and get some info about the wonderful tales of the Zeeland-people within the splendid galleries of the former abbey complex, of its traditions, of the sea and, of NEHALLENIAE and see the lefted art of her (also in the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (Rapenburg 28 in Leiden, Netherlands).
View from seen from De Abdijtoren "De Lange Jan". Below is the city of middelburg with the small houses. In the distance you can see the skyline of Vlissingen. Its ony 10 km far from Middelburg.
If you ever have the change take a walk a little bit further than the town centre to the east where you will find the Oostkerk (Eastchurch). Great to see the outside but I don't think it's possible to visit the inside of this church.....
Middelburg has many bridges and the Spijkerbrug between the Kinderdijk and Rouaansekaai is one of the oldest. The names originates from the German word Speicher = warehouse. The warehouses, dating from the VOC-time, can be found at the Kinderdijk (well, the fist building is the former officers bar) and the private houses at the sunny Rouaansekaai.
The youngest of the three shootingclubs of Middelburg was the Kolveniers or Kloveniers. This club was erected in 1509. They started with a home on the Dam, but in 1611 they bought the Kloveniersdoelen.
When the shootingclub stopped to exist, the building was owned by the VOC for a short period. In 1795 it became a militairy hospital. And lately it was used as a musicliberary.
On the old citywall along the moat you can see two windmills. This one is called De Hoop. It is the second oldest round stone towermill in the city. Built in 1736. In 1754 the windmill burned down, to be rebuilt in 1755. Until 1920 grane was milled here. After that electro machines were placed inside to do the work. Since 1948 the municipality owns the windmill.
The windmill is not open to the public.
This church is also very striking. The dome can be seen from far. The Oostkerk is the first church in Middelburg that was built as a protestant church. Before this time all churches were Roman Catholic.
The church was built between 1647and 1667.
Several architects were involved, first was Bartholomeus Drijfhout, Pieter Post was asked for advice. And work started in September 1648. After Drijfhout died in June 1649 Arent van 's Gravezande, the town architect of Leiden, took over. Only the foundations were finished, so he made a new design. It became a monumental building with little or none of the modesty the Calvinists preached. After all, in that time Middelburg was a wealthy city. The classical style with an octagonal ground-plan is covered by a big dome with a lantern-tower on top.
The church was funded by taxes on alcoholic beverages like wine and beer. The whole population of Middelburg was forced to pay for the church, as everybody was supposed to be protestant anyway.
From 1652 until 1655 work has to be stopped, because the people had protested against this taxes and they were lifted. When the taxes returned construction continued. Van 's Gravezande died in 1662 and the work stopped for several years. In 1666-1667 the church is finally completed.
A 3d picture on the internet can be found here: http://www.xs4all.nl/~pjr/visit/pano/oostkerk1.html , place your cursor on the picture and press the left button to turn the picture.
AT THE OLD FISH MARKET AND ST. JOHN, THE COFFEE SHOP and next to this atmospheric place it the CANAL THROUGH WALCHEREN at which our famous Library is situated.
Actually there are two Libraries in one building: the PROVINCIAL LIBRARY and the Public Library.
Of course one can consult both Libraries and borrow books from both althou many very special books you can consult only at the Library itself.
But there is a 'LEES CAFé" (café where people can read) and lots of easy chairs in pleasant corners and near the windows which offers you a nice view over part of the city centre at the same time.
The Library is situated on a higher level!
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