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Carillon Tower, Edam

Carillon Tower, Edam The carillon tower is all that remains of a late gothic church in the small town of Edam. This famous carillon tower is the oldest clockwork in the Netherlands. The gray sky and (loud) crows give this tower an ominous feeling, but it is really a beautiful, majestic, old structure. The Speeltoren (Carillon Tower) from 1561 tilts a bit and was very nearly lost when the church to...

The Town Hall, Edam

[title-raw] Built in 1737 the town hall is on a somewhat larger scale than the rest of Edam. The entrance with its heavy double doors and sandstone surrounds are in the Louis XIV Style and a wooden tower completes the picture. The town hall is still in active use for marriage ceremonies. If you walk inside, on the left, you will find what was once the Magistrates court which is now used...

Edam Museum, Edam

Edam Museum, Edam On the other side of the Dam is Edam's oldest brick house, built in or around 1530 as a private house and converted to a museum in 1895. This step gable gets its late gothic character from the use of natural stone, the profile of the pinnacles and its asymmetry. The house represents typical Dutch construction of the period, and the internal layout is completely original. The...

The Dam, Edam

The Dam, Edam This is considered to be the centre of the town. lf you orientate yourself with the Carillon as west, you can see to the north of the Dam, Edam's oldest brick house, the museum. The DAM, incorporating lock gates, was built in 1544 on the orders of Emperor Karel V. After many years of disputes over the locks, they finally accepted responsibility for their upkeep in 1701 and, to...

St. Nicolas church, Edam

St. Nicolas church, Edam Grote Kerk or St. Nicholaaskerk, of cathedral dimensions, was probably built at the beginning of the 15th Century. In both 1602 and 1699 the church suffered extensive fires after lightning strikes to the tower. Consequently when rebuilt (in 1701) the height of the tower was significantly reduced. St Nicholas church is one of the largest 3-ridged churches in Europe. Built on...

The old city centre, Edam

The old city centre, Edam The old city centre of Edam within the borders of the old city walls is nowadays protected by the government, as a number of notable buildings survive in good condition including Grote Kerk or St. Nicholaaskerk, the town hall and the Edam Museum. The entrance, with the heavy double doors and the surrounds of sand stone, are in Louis XIV style. The coat-of-arms of Edam stands...

Edam and Volendam

Edam and Volendam Walking through Edam and Volendam, with their narrow and attractive alleys with picturesque houses, you feel like you have entered a painting. The yellow and red wooden shoes and traditional costumes are typical of Volendam. Edam has an extremely rich past and therefore more to offer than just cheese, as delicious as it may be! Historically a chartered town since 1357,...

Monnickendam and Marken

Monnickendam and Marken, Noord-Holland's beautiful cities In the Broek in Waterland region you will become acquainted with the traditional countryside; a countryside dominated by water, not soil. The delicious smell of smoked eel brings the past to life in Monnickendam and Marken, the island where the laundry is always snapping on the clotheslines. After the reclamation of the former Zuiderzee, the fishermen made way for pleasure...

ZUIDER ZEE or ZUYDER ZEE AT WIKI AND ENCYCLOPEDIA

Historical map of the Netherlands A land-locked inlet on the coast of Holland bounded N. by the chain of the Frisian Islands, and W., S., and E. by the provinces of North Holland, Utrecht, Gelderland, Overysel, and Friesland. It is about 85 m. long N. to S., and from lo to 45 M. broad, with an area of 2027 sq. m., and contains the islands of Marken, Schokland, Urk, Wieringen, and Griend. In the early centuries...

Bibliography - Golden Circle History

Bibliography - Golden Circle History Borman, R. Van Flevomeer tot IJsselmeer. Boonenburg, K. De Zuiderzee. Bosschier, Ph.M. en Heide, G.D. van der Het Hart van Nederland. Dendermonde, M. en Scherer, K. Zuiderzee; dood water, nieuw leven. Dirks, Th.J. De IJsselmeerpolders, het nieuwe hart van Nederland. Franke, S. Sagen en Legenden rond de Zuiderzee. Heide, G.D. van der De Zuiderzee; van land tot water, van water...

"Here is the spot, where is the man?"

There was once a fisherman from Spakenburg who could hear voices in the water. When he was sailing on the Zuiderzee a voice from the waves asked him: "Here is the spot but where is the man?" The skipper, who understood nothing of this question, decided to tell the clergyman. The latter listened closely to the tale and wanted to witness this for himself. So the skipper promised...

The hole of Sol

Somewhere in the Veluwe woods there is the Solse Gat, a large hole in the hilly countryside. Once there used to be a monastery there, surrounded by moats. However, this was not a good monastery, for the monks lived lavishly and richly and they had surrendered their souls to the Devil. The monks loved revelling; wine was drunk, and there was dancing and singing, ranting and...

Kaatje beside the lock in Blokzijl

A young merchant's widow from Amsterdam, Brecht Jansdochter, set up an inn next to the lock in Blokzijl, around 1660. After a few years Brecht married again, this time to a master of a whaling vessel. His name was Joriz Jorisz. When she gave birth to a healthy daughter in 1672 she called her Cato and she soon became known as Kaatje. At that time the father, Joris, went to sea...

The pin-pricking witch of Hoorn

Long ago there lived in Hoorn a barge-hand, who was married. Every other night he was away from home, working on a regular barge service. In those nights at sea he often felt oppressed, as if he were stifling, and eventually he just seemed to pine away. Then someone suggested that perhaps his wife was to blame. He suggested that the barge hand should stay at home one night,...

The Kampen Sturgeon

The Kampen Sturgeon The city of Kampen expected important visitors. A meal which would do the city proud was going to be served; the guests would be treated to delicious sturgeon. However, the guests could not make it on the agreed date and the visit had to be postponed. This meant that the sturgeon had to be kept alive until the new date. After a lot of deliberation the notables took a wise...
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