The Dordrecht Museum & Dordrecht Breathes History
Dordrecht lies nestled between the mighty rivers Oude Maas, Noord and Merwede.
It is a bustling city with beautiful harbors and a rich history.
Walk through the idyllic historic ports along beautiful yachts, old-fashioned barges, and steamers.
The more than 1000 monuments of Dordrecht refer to a very rich history.
For me, Dordrecht is extra special because I married my wife Karin there in the splendid old city hall (see the small picture I added), and our daughter Brigitte was born there too.
The City Hall in Dordrecht is a town hall was originally built in 1383 by Flemish merchants.
They traded woolen fabrics in the building that was used as a marketplace.
In 1842, some art lovers and collectors founded an Association for this museum.
The first item in the collection, Face to the Rhine from Willem de Klerk in 1843, was a gift from one of the founders.
The collection of the Dordrechts Museum has since become one of the major metropolitan collections in the country.
The Dordrechts Museum has an internationally known and acclaimed collection of paintings, which comprises more than 400 years of Dutch art, from the 16th century to the present.
The collection has continued to grow since 1842 and is still growing.
Whoever walks through the magnificent halls of the museum can hardly imagine that it all began with a painting donated by a private individual.
In more than a one and a half century, the collection has become an impressive collection of paintings due to many purchases, donations, and legacies.
The medieval Great Church of Dordrecht is a building with a rich history, whose origins lie in the 11th century.
The impressive design of the exterior of the church and the elements present in the building, chapels and the choir stalls, make the building the chief monument of Dordrecht.
The Basilica of this church is designed in the Brabant Gothic style and is the second oldest church in the city (the oldest church is called “New Church” paradoxically).
In 1572, the church came in the hands of the Protestants.
The church belongs to the Top 100 of the Dutch UNESCO monuments.
From the central tower, you have a grand view of the town.
Huis van Gijn
This house was built in 1729 by order of Johan Nuremberg.
In 1864, Simon van Gijn and his wife bought the house.
They lived there for over 20 years when they decided to renovate the rooms downstairs and upstairs.
The house has now been restored to the state in which Van Gijn lived there.
This house/museum gives you a great impression how the happy few (wealthy merchants) lived in the 19th century.
The most beautiful place in Dordrecht.
On the quay where three rivers meet, the famous monumental Bellevue stands.
The exterior of Bellevue Groothoofd culinary hotel has been fully restored to its former glory.
The building was planned in the 14th century and was first built with gothic details.
The facades were constructed in 1618, and the tower was attached in 1692.
The decoration above the doorway overlooking the river shows the Dordrecht maiden sitting in the “Garden of Holland.”
She holds a palm branch in her left hand and the Dordrecht city shield in her other hand. She is circled by 16 city shields of cities which rose during the eighty years war.
Discover Holland’s oldest city.
Dordrecht originated almost a thousand years ago and was the first town in Holland to obtain city rights (in 1220!).
The historic town is nestled between mighty the rivers Oude Maas, Noord, and Merwede. The city has played a significant role in Holland in the field of commerce, politics, and religion. Its rich past is best discovered in the historic harbor area.
The Biesbosch is the second largest national park in the Netherlands.
This particular wetland is one of the few freshwater tidal areas in the world.
Even beavers have rediscovered this green paradise
You can spend hours walking and biking along the water between flora and fauna.
You can also rent a canoe or boat to explore the waters and for some fantastic bird watching opportunities.
Ask at the Biesboschcentrum for a list of excursions.
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Dordt In Steam
Dordt in Steam is a major international three-day event that takes place in Dordrecht and other parts of the Island of Dordrecht.
During the event, many steam engines (steamships, steam trains, steam carousels, steam rollers, steam tractors and the like) can be seen in action against the backdrop of the historic city.
The steam engines are from private collections, museums, and foundations at home and abroad. Dordt in Steam is held every even year since 1985 in May.
Since then, the event has become the biggest steam event attracting about 250,000 visitors.
The event is organized by the Foundation Dordt in Steam with the cooperation of a large group of volunteers and sponsors.
Access to the event is free.
To travel by steam train and visits to the steamers modeling show tickets can be purchased.
If you get a chance to visit it grab that opportunity.
You will not be disappointed.
As somebody who lived in Dordrecht and married there, I am of course biased.
However, I do believe a visit to the city if you concentrate on the historical center can be a delightful one.
All the main sights are in walking distance from each other.
If you love old buildings and lovely river views, do not hesitate.
Plan a trip today.
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