Dordrecht - Zuid-Holland

In 1220 the count of Holland granted franchise rights to Dordrecht. It was the first time that he had bestowed this privilege. Dordrecht may thus call itself the oldest city of ‘Holland'.
In the Hof [Court], which still exists (photo 24-28), important history was written. In 1572 during the Spanish rule, it housed the First Assembly of the Free States. All twelve cities of Holland, with the exception of Amsterdam, took part in a secret meeting. They resolved unanimously to turn against the Spanish oppressors. They chose Prince William of Orange as their stadholder. Together with the Union of Dordrecht (1575), in which the constitution was established, the Assembly of the Free States is considered to be the beginning of the independent state of the Netherlands.

Behind the Groothoofdspoort [gate at the city's main jetty] the history is tangible. You can touch it in streets which were never meant for cars. The old inner city can best be explored on foot. By way of the elegant Wijnstraat for example, with its merchants' houses and gentle bends, ending at the characteristic Grote Kerk [Great Church]. Or along the cosy inner harbours, where trade has died down but the atmosphere of yesteryear lives on.
The best traditions of a mediaeval mercantile city are reflected in nearly a thousand monuments. It is with good reason that the cityscape is protected cultural heritage.

  • Jack Premium user Netherlands (Private)
    6 years 5 months ago
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    Mis.
    Mensen reizen tegenwoordig veel verder naar hun werk dan 25 jaar geleden. Waarom dacht je dat er zoveel meer files zijn.
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    je hebt deels gelijk natuurlijk...maar toen was er ook gewoon geen keus vanwege de krapte op de arbeidsmarkt en kon je dus niet echt kiezen voor een baan vlakbij huis, zelfs niet als je niet kritisch was! Dat kan nu wel als je niet al te kritisch bent.
  • LesTension Premium user United States (Private)
    6 years 5 months ago
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    Interesting.....the 21mm tilt seems to increase the farther it is away. Isn't it usually so at the edges of the photo and not necessarily in the distance?
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    it IS weird...I tried to repare some pics as many have a strange tilt but my friend has the same problem and I saw it on others pics too...Most of the houses and structures are tilted anyway...took me ages to get the tower of the church reasonably straight and I found out later that is was "very tilted" due to the soft soil it has been built on...LOL
  • LesTension Premium user United States (Private)
    6 years 5 months ago
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    Must be tough washing all those vensters. Geez......I just saw the date on this building. It's more than 100 years older than my country. Whew!
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    yes, and it is not even a very old one...
    You might find this interesting:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_Golden_Age
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    Cool link....pretty soon I'll be able to pass my citizenship test.
  • LesTension Premium user United States (Private)
    6 years 5 months ago
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    Taken from a bridge? or did you shinny up one of those poles? lol Cool kayak, btw. I LOVE to kayak and will be doing so next week with friend Bill.
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    have fun! no, I took this one standing on one of the many bridges over the canals.
  • LesTension Premium user United States (Private)
    6 years 5 months ago
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    Too big a color difference between the sky and the rest of the shot. Too yellow below......or not yellow enough above. This one does not work for me.
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    I know, but I did not try to make it look natural...I thought it might do well in a contest, they seem to like weird colours.
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    Good point.
  • LesTension Premium user United States (Private)
    6 years 5 months ago
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    Peter used to work here? How far is this from your home? or was this a while ago.
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    It is 30 km by car.
    Peter used to work here more than 25 years ago (but it is still same distance Mike ;)) and it was at a time most people had to travel hours to their work since there were not many jobs to choose from. That is different now...
  • LesTension Premium user United States (Private)
    6 years 5 months ago
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    Can you see the 28mm tilt at the upper left, top of the building. Also a bit of distortion on the lamp's left side. But that's to be expected at 28mm.
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    yes, but it is very hard to correct as most of the buildings are very tilted...and I really had no clue anymore what was due to the lens and what was real...There is a picture a bit further that shows you a very narrow alley...we could hardly walk there as it was soo narrow....bit scary!
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    I remember that shot. Could be fatal if an earthquake hit, eh?
  • LesTension Premium user United States (Private)
    6 years 5 months ago
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    This is a cheesy photo...lol. I had some wonderful 2 yr. aged cheddar and some crackers with smoked salmon when my friends were here from Denmark.
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    sounds perfect!
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    Trust me......it was.