This Museum is the old house of banker and art collector Simon van Gijn. Walking trough this house gives you an impression of the way of living of the rich, in the 19th century.
Walking trough this big house was kind of scary for me. Probably because many of ghosthouses I visited looked like it. It's got a very dull smell. After all it really was very impressing! All the rooms are intact, and you can also view his collection of art and toys.
Every 1st sunday of the month entrance is free,
other days 6 Euro's
The 'Groothoofd' is a famous historic area of Dordrecht. For centuries, this was the place foreigners and royalties came to land.
When visiting Dordrecht, you really have to come sit here and enjoy the view of 3 big rivers coming together. Te view also was inspirational for many painters and poetry writers.
You can also drink and eat something at the café's. 100% pleasure!
National parc the biesbosch is ' green silence'.
The 7100 hectare big area has it's own specific plants and animals.
You can take guided walking tours.
When you don't like walking, you can make a tour by boat.
The parc also has got a day recreation area, where there are little beaches, skate- and cyclingroutes, a golfparcour, restaurant, hotel and survivalcircuit.
When you love Art and antiques, along the Dordt Art Walk there are many tempting antique and curio shops,galleries and art traders, antiquarian bookshops and unusual ateliers. They open extra every 1st Sunday of the month.
The Dordrecht Tour and the Dordrecht Canal Tour conducts you trough Dordrecht's historical inner city.
Panels will guide you along the 3 km. walking route. Along the way there are several monuments and musea to visit. At various locations there are 'Talking walls'
Every 1st Sunday of the month Art-,galeries-, and ancient shops are opening there doors along the route.
The Canal Tour, on board of the 'Dordtevaar' gives you a nice view of the city harbours and rivers.
Het Hof is a small complex dating back to the 13th century. It became famous as the place where the representatives of the free cities of Holland and Zeeland came together to organize the revolution against Spain and free the land from the Duke of Alva. It was also here where William of Orange was confirmed as stadhouder of the Netherlands.
In the 1960s, the city of Dordrecht decided to demolish het hof, but it was saved thanks to an initiative. Now it is a nice place to visit and to see an important part of dutch history.
This city gate from 1618 is the second city gate (the other is the Catherijnepoort) which is still remaining from the old city defens structure. The gate has a small dome on the top.
Also, enjoy a few minutes in front of the gate. The view onto the rivers Oude Maas and Noord is very nice.
This city gate is one of only two which are still standing in the city center of Dordrecht. It was built in 1652 and is situated near the Oude Maas. Be careful not to fall into the water while taking a picture.
Very near to the gate, there is a house from the 18th century called "beverschaep". It is highly decorated with many figures on the front, inculding a beaver (bever) and a sheep (schaep) at the top.
The old town hall was built in the 14th century for trading purposes and is in use as a town hall since the 16th century. You can visit it every first sunday of the month between 12h and 17h. However, I don't know if it's worth a visit as it was saturday. At least, I had a look at the highly decorated façade (alhtough larger parts of the buildings were hidden due to restauration work...).
The de Witt brothers were among the most interesting figures in dutch history. Cornelis was mayor of the city and had important functions in the military. Johan is the better known of the two. He was "raadspensionaris" of Holland and the most powerful politician of its time. He had successes in foreign politics and reformed the political system by reducing the power of the house of orange. However, that made him many enemies among the supporters of this house and after the anglo-dutch war, his career went downwards. The brothers were lynched by a mob of orange supporters in 1672.
And there I was, making my way from the port back to the city going through the Catharijne gate. As soon as I pased the gate, on my left side, I saw another old building. It wasn't special and looked just like another house of some rich family of the historic Dordrecht. But the name was funny: "Huis Bever - Schaep" which means House Bever-Sheep. Funny but not surprising. Dordrecht was known as a very wealthy town, sort of a paradise for traders and merchants, so I automatically assumed that it was some kind of a warehouse. But then the "bever" didn't make any sense. Sheep could be associated with wool, but what about the bever??
But the story is actually much more simple. Dordrecht had a mayor named Willem van Beveren. Van Beveren was one of the richest and most important families of Dordrecht, who were merchants as well. The son of Willem, Cornelis was the one who married a woman from the family Schaep.
The house by the water was named after Cornelis van Beveren and Cornelia Schaep, and therefore got its name as Huis Bever-Schaap.
If you look at the top of the building you'll see the family shiled held by a bever and a sheep.
Looks like the house is private and there's no way to get inside. But it was nice to learn more about the history of the city and its buildings.
Dordrecht has only two city gates that survived. Being a very wealthy city by the water, of course Dordrecht had many more. The Catharijnepoort is the gate that you find right by the water, few meter away from the water-bus taxi. It is believed that the gate was built around the year 1652. The name of the gate is a mystery. Some say that the architect could have a wife or a daughter called Catharijne, but some say the gate could have beem named after the wife of the mayor Cornelio van Beveren's wife.
The gate is not big, but very interesting. The stone has a very light color, unsual in compare to many other constructions that survived for such a long time.
The gate leads to another hostorical building of Dordrecht, called the House of Bever and Sheep
While in Dordrecht, pay attnetion to the buildings. Being a very old city Dordrecht has some very interesting and old structures. Walking on the Museumstraat I saw these 2 houses, in a long row of building, that was leaning toward the street more than other houses. Strangely, it looks like this was the original design because the first floors of the houses are perfectly straight and only starting from the second floor the structures are crooked.
We found similar houses on our way from the Grote Kerk to the port. Now I have to go back to Dordrecht to find out about the mistery of the leaning houses.
Not that my Dutch is good, but even for me it was easy to understand what the name means. Guessing that the original name is written in Old Dutch it can be translated as "Kijk over de Dijk" which means View over the dam.
We came across this windmill looking for something else, which was actually at the opposite direction, as we found out later. Unfortunately, we were too late to look inside of the Windmill, which is open only on Satudays from 10am to 4pm.
Like every other windmill in the Netherlands the Kyck over den Dyck had its agricultural purpose. It was used for corn.
There were times when people actually lived in this windmill, but since 1932 it is just another windmill.
The area in which the windmill is located is interseting too, but rather strange. Right next to the windmill there is a bar but not that kind that would recommend to anybody or made a VT tip about. We were thirsty for a beer, but didn't feel like walking inside.
I still think that it was nice to see the windmill of Dordrecht. I bet the views from its top are really beautiful. Maybe next time....
Johan and Cornelis de Witt are two very important figures in the Dutch history. Natives of Dordrecht the brothers are mentioned in many historical facts of the Netherlands.
Johan de Witt, who studied in University of Leiden and excelled in math and law brought prosperity and financial success on the provinces of Holland and Friesland. And also known as a person who led the Dutch people to the end of the First English War by proposing the famous Treaty of Westminster he also was the one who brought the Dutch people to the Treaty of Breda during the Second English War.
His brother, Cornelis, besides being the burgomeister of Dordrecht, became famous accompanying general de Ruyter in his battles against the English. When Cornelis bacame ill he returned to his hometown to find out that he is accused of disloyalty and soon was brought to the famous Prison Gate in The Hague. Later his brother Johan came to visit him in the prison, on the day Cornelis was supposed to be released. Instead of returning to Cornelis his freedom both brothers were caught and brutally lynched.
Nowadays, the statue of the Brothers de Witt is standing in Dordrecht infront of the "Raadhuis" (City Hall)
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