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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.
Written Sep 11, 2004
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.
Written Sep 1, 2004
Address: Achter de Houttuinen 30
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.
Written Sep 1, 2004
Address: Vlissings Bolwerk 2
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.
Written Aug 31, 2004
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!
Updated Mar 1, 2004
Address: St. Janstraat Middelburg
When you have walked through the city, had a boat tour through the city....there is still much more!!
One lovely thing to do is: board a boat and let yourself be sailed to het VEERSE MEER.
This MEER / LAKE used to be part of the sea but we had a very serious flooding in 1953, thousands of people drowned and that awful event made our engineers think and think about another NEW AND STILL BETTER WAY to protect our country that for the largest part is situated BELOW SEA LEVEL.
One of the results of their thinking was this DAM!
People now walk and cycle there, enjoy while standing on top of the dyke the sea on their right hand and the Veerse Meer (the part that once was sea) at their left hand side: very special!
I myself remember HOW it used to be and how we SAILED seawards from the wonderful little town of VEERE!!!!
I couldn't have dreamed of there being a dyke which created a LAKE!
Oh, I could tell / write for hours here but VT space is limited, so let me go back to my advice.
Board the boat opposite the Railway Station and enjoy!!
You will be enthousiastic, I am sure of that!
Boats leave: each day 10.15AM and 14.00PM.
The boats are airconditioned and have a restaurant and a nice corner for children!
WHEELCHAIR users can board the boat easily, there is of course a special bathroom/restroom for these special guests and an elevator.
The boats will sail to Veere and back (you can take a boat back whenever you want!)
In the picture you see the DAM where in winter boats are moored to wait to be sailed back to the Veerse Meer in spring.......Year after year we ourselves in autumn sailed the boat from the Lake to this place and back in spring again.....unforgettable days!!
(See the lovely 18th Century fa?ades!!)
Written Feb 23, 2004
Address: Loskade Middelburg / Campveerse Toren Veere
Phone: 0118 41 93 67
There is a nice possibility to board one of the boats at the Kloveniersdoelen for a nice trip through the old historical heart of Middelburg.
This trip takes 40 minutes and in my opinion it is always a surprise to be able to see a ciry from a the water of a canal, stream or harbour/port.
54 persons can board each boat and you will see the old canals with on both sides lovely, very nice & rich old building dating back to the VOC era when Middelburg was an important port.
VOV stands for Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (in Dutch), Dutch East India Company (in English) you will sail through the newly restored old lock and underneath low, sometimes very low bridges.
Of course the guide will tell everything that you have to know and want to know in English, German, French.........we are all language experts here, as you know!! (We have always been a seafaring / trading nation so we had to learn languages and now it is in our genes! lolol) Moreover, WHO speaks OUR language, I wonder???
OPEN: 1st April - 10th October.
Updated Feb 23, 2004
Address: Achter de Houttuinen 39 Middelburg
Phone: 0118 - 64 32 72
elephant and camel.....neighbours........all these OLD BUILDINGS (there are 5 next to each other) used to be ware-houses during the VOC times.......
Now they no longer are ware-houses but are used as restaurants, club-building for water sporters etc..
But they too, are on the HERITAGE LIST and are well looked after.
Updated Sep 15, 2003
We now have to cross the SPIJKERBRUG.
Here you see the yachts 3-4-5 next to each other. Our harbour is worthy of a visit!
It is in the town centre and you can use the same Centuries old stone steps to climb from your yacht to the KAAI......the warehouses have been changed into apartments but here too: nothing of the façades has changed!
The SPIJKERBRUG is still used numerous times per day!!
On the KAAI is WATERSPORTVERENIGING DE ARNE and members can use showers and toilets and whatever you need in the morning before having breakfast....
Written Aug 7, 2003
Address: Spijkerbrug, Kinderdijk, Londense Kaai
and you will see this magnificent old building at your right hand side.
On it are three stone tablets, wonderfully in relief, and they tell about MIDDELBURG'S GOLDEN AGE when it was an important harbour of the VOC, the East Indies Company. The Z on top is for ZEELAND and the M for Middelburg.
Trade brought richess and wealth in abundance.
Written Aug 7, 2003
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