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    The "Merwede" side bastion works

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Southern bastion works at the Merwede

    Most impressive are the bastion fortress works on the "Merwede" river side. From here the most possible enemy attacks were to be expected as the Spanish and French were due South and over the river that was as well dangerous at high water levels, as protective against invaders. On this side the starformed bastion works can be walked as there are footpaths running over and along them. Somewhat further one finds the ferry stops, to go to the other spectacular sights within the "Vesting driehoek" (fortress triangle).

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    Seemingly an invincible town

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    The citywall ... last line of defense

    Gorinchem was never besieged, but according to the bastion works and citywalls, this could have been a long siege, before the citizens would give up their positions. Water was always available and this means of transport often also couldn;t be cut of completely, so food also could arrive in town. Near the Merwede-side the bastionworks are huge and outwards. As a last line of defense there still was the large thick citywall, making Gorcum's fortress almost invincible.

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    You enter ... so you've got to pay

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    Tolehouse at the Woudrichem gateway

    The road to the river, where ships brought and took people to other destinations, was one of the most important and so was the gateway through the citywalls. Here was the "tolhuis" (tole house) where everyone that entered the town bringing goods and products, had to pay for his / her entry and these goods / products. Often, the means of transport also mattered in the amount to pay. Pedestrians the lowest tole, ships and horse-pulled wagons higher toles.

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    Water

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    Canals
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    As an old trading town, Gorinchem is full of canals leading from river Linge and Merwede through the town. Some of them aren’t used by ships anymore and just look pitturesque while you will see houseboats in some other.

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    Windmill de Hoop

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    de Hoop

    This windmill was built in 1764 as a gristmill and is still in use. As many other windmills, it was damaged during WWII. Since 1949, the mill is owned by the town of Gorinchem. Machines were installed in the second half of the 20th century and after a long break and several restoration works, it is in use since 1995 again.”de Hoop” means “the hope”. There are no fixed opening times, so there’s only limited acces to the public.

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    Beautiful Houses

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    't coemtal van God
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    Gorinchem’s old town is full of beuatiful houses with many of them dating back to the “gouden eeuw” – the golden 17th century. Just to mention two of them: “’t Coemtal van God” is the nickname of this renaissance warehouse from 1563. The name means “all comes from God” and refers to an inscription. Another beautiful building is the old orphanage (Burgerkinderenweeshuis). It is known for its 18th century façade depicting the founders of the orphanage together with religious figures and symbols. This building is also known by the name of Huize Matthijs – Marijke, also refering to an inscription.

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    Town Hall

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    Oude Stadhuis - Gorcums Museum
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    Gorkum’s town hall is large, but compared to other dutch town halls, it is not very impressive. Give it a chance and have a look at its façade which mixes baroque and neorenaissance styles. It was finished in 1860, replacing a 15th century building. Today, it houses the town’s museum. Its function was took over in 1994 by a more modern building outside of the old town. The fountain in front of it, Wilhelmina fountain, was place there in 1898 to celebrate the inthronisation of Queen Wilhelmina.

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    Dalempoort

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    Dalempoort

    Gorinchem’s star-shaped earth walls are almost entirely preserved, but of it’s four original city gates, only one still exists: Dalempoort. It is located in the southwest of the old town, facing river Merwede. Dalempoort was constrcuted in 1597, but replaced in 1770 by its present building. Its most characteristical attribute is the turret on its top. Have also a look onto the weather vane, which has the shape of the lion in the dutch coat of arms.

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    Hugo de Grootpoortje

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    Hugo de Grootpoortje

    This was the place where Hugo de Groot hid after his legendary escape from the prison at Slot Loevestein. The original building does not exist anymore, but the baroque door is still there. Hugo de Groot arrived here on and continued his fled on. He chose a day on which the market took place at Grote Markt and easily escaped in the crowd. He fled to France where he later worked as a diplomat for the famous swedish chancellor Axel Oxenstierna.

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    Grote kerk and St. Janstoren

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    The church and its tower
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    Gorinchem’s “grote kerk” (big church) was built between 1450 and 1517. Its tower, called St. Janstoren (St. John’s tower) is the town’s landmark. It has a height of 61 meters in height and is equipped with a carrillon counting 49 bells. Two of them are hundrrdes of years old, dating from 1481 and 1625 repectively. The tower was added in the 16th century and was sinking already during its construction phase. The architects managed to stabilize it, but not to correct its tilt. So, the base of this tower is inclined while the rest of the tower was built in a 90° angle to the ground.

    There is some confusion about the name of the tower and the name of the church. The tower belonged to a church called St. Maartenskerk which was pulled down. That means that the present church is NOT the Maartenskerk. Also, the name St. Janstoren is only a nickname and not the official one of the tower.

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    The Catholic church in the Haarstraat

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Mar 29, 2005
    The reformed house sheads an eye over everyone

    Since 1838 the baroque facade of the Roman Catholic church is determining the view of the Haarstraat. The type of the church is called "water state" and is in present times remodelled to house appartments inside. The glass-in-lead windows are still there, something that the church is famous for. In these twelve windowns the 19 marters of Gorinchem were shown. These holy men
    were hung in 1572, when the "watergeuzen" (freedom fighters during the 80 years of independance war of the Netherlands) took the town - despite the warning of Willem van Oranje (William of Orange, our father of the fatherland) to leave religious people of all kinds in peace. The church was named aftre one of them: the holy Nicolas Pieck. In the facade is a huge eye that looks down on the passing people symbolising the all powerful God that sees everything (tip with help of vdoortje).

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    Saint Nicolaas or Holy Spirit chapel

    by Pavlik_NL Written Nov 18, 2004

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    Graceful church tower that is not so popular here

    My must sees I end with the church that is along the shoppingstreets. The Saint Nicolaas or Holy Spirit chapel is actually now-a-days only a graceful tower, as the main church was broken down in 1835. In it's place a meathall was built, but the tower remained. Remarkable are the clocks that have only one arm and only appoint to you the hour. Restaurationworks in 1912 have actually left more harm then good and the churchtower is left aside by many passing people.

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    A fountain in the square middle

    by Pavlik_NL Written Aug 5, 2004

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    The Wilhelmina-fountain

    And then in the middle of the Market-square there is a large fountain, called after the queen that pulled the Netherlands through two world wars: Wilhelmina. The statue on top shows her in her younger years in the role of Diana, Greek goddess of hunting.

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    The home of the guards

    by Pavlik_NL Written Aug 5, 2004
    The place where stategic plans were made

    On the opposit side of the square from the town hall, another large monumental building is stretching wide. This is the former building of the "head of the guards". As Gorinchem was a military important fortress, the population had a considerable amount of soldiers and military men in it's midst. This was the centre of these actions, the "Hoofdwacht" or guard's HQ.

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    Gorinchem's city hall

    by Pavlik_NL Written Aug 5, 2004

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    The frontside of the town hall

    On the main town square (the Market), that is on one of the main shoppingstreets, one will find three monuments. To begin with the cityhall, a majestic building that is taking a complete side of the square. With a nice decorated front side in neo-renaissance styles mixed with a bit of baroc, is is a lust for the eyes.

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