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July 28, 2015

Nine Men Look Down From The Window Above: But They All Have Hearts Of Stone…

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Following yesterday’s post, I’m looking around the Basilica of Saint Servatius and as usual I’m also zooming in on the architectural detail.

I adore beautiful carvings in stone so finding nine figures in just one window division is dreamy.

There are also oak leaves in stone, beautiful wrought ironwork, huge decorated doors and plenty of detail to keep me happy.

I also love history so return to Wikipedia where I learn: “In 1556 a late Gothic spire was added onto the westwork between the two existing towers. In 1770 the entire westwork was crowned with Baroque helmet spires, designed by the Liège architect Etienne Fayen.

Over the centuries the interior of the church underwent many changes. In the 17th century, the Gothic choir rood screen with sculpted depictions of the life of Servatius was demolished.

Fragments from the 14th-century screen were discovered during the 1980s restoration works and are now kept in the church’s lapidarium in the East crypt.

By the end of the 18th century, the entire church interior had been painted white, the colourful Medieval stained glass windows had been replaced by colourless glass, and the church looked distinctly Baroque.

The north transept holds some epitaphs, of which the one for Egidius Ruyschen in Renaissance style is probably the most original. Nearby is the impressive tomb of the Count and Countess van den Bergh (Johannes Bossier, 1685), which was transferred from the Dominican church of Maastricht.

From the Dominican church were also transferred the ornate confessionals by Daniël van Vlierden (Hasselt, 1700), which are located in various parts of the church.”

There are also some quirky stone carves faces in the arched detail and some floral detail on top if the columns that almost look Celtic in style. So many things to discover…

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July 27, 2015

Basilica of Saint Servatius: An Amazing Mix Of Styles…

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Several years ago I visited Maastricht and whilst Himself and the children were busy shopping, I’ve come to see the Basilica of Saint Servatius.

Wikipedia tell us:

“The Basilica is a Roman Catholic church dedicated to Saint Servatius, in the city of Maastricht, the Netherlands.

The architectural style is a  hybrid but of mainly Romanesque influences and it is situated next to the Gothic church of Saint John, both backing onto the town’s main square, Vrijthof.

The present-day church is probably the fourth church built on the site of the grave of Saint Servatius, an Armenian missionary who was bishop of Tongeren and died allegedly in 384 in Maastricht.

A small memorial chapel on the saint’s grave was replaced by a large stone church built by bishop Monulph around 570. This church was replaced by a larger pilgrim church in the late 7th century, which was then again replaced by the present-day structure, built in several stages over a period of more than 100 years. The nave was built in the first half of the 11th century, the transept in the second half of the century, and the choir and westwork in the 12th century.

The Romanesque church was built during a period in which the chapter of Saint Servatius kept close ties to the Holy Roman Emperors,  resulting in a building that has the characteristics of a German imperial church. The dedication of the church in 1039 was attended by the emperor Henry III and twelve bishops. Most of the church’s Medieval provosts were sons of the highest ranking German noble families. Several held the office of chancellor of the German Empire; at least eight provosts went on to become archbishops.

The sculpted Bergportaal, at the south side of the church, was begun around 1180 and can be considered late Romanesque or early Gothic. All the chapels along the side aisles are Gothic (14th and 15th centuries), and so is the vaulted ceiling of the nave and the transept.” It’s certainly a very interesting building… let’s take a look round…

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July 26, 2015

The Bishop’s House: Beauty In The Brickwork…

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We are back in the centre of Maastricht… Himself and the kids have gone to the shopping centre section of the centre because Kiwi Daughter thought she saw a shoe sale and Ugs in the window as we drove past the other day.

Little Mr has tagged along  for three reasons: (1) Because he knows that if Himself buys something for Kiwi Daughter, he might be able to do a little arm twisting and score something in the Lego department of the toy shop, (2) he also (rightly) knows that he and his sister have a bigger chance to score ice-cream from their Father if their Mother is not present and (3) “Mama’s stuff is booooring!”.

The Mama in question of course is me, and I’m headed to one of my favourite places: a beautiful church.

They have dropped me off as close as possible in the car and then gone off to find a car parking building so that they can take their time and not have to rush back to a meter. I bid them adieu and find myself in a little cobbled street surrounded by amazing architecture. The building to my right is the Bishop’s house, but it’s a very big house indeed, taking up almost the same length as the Church opposite. I enjoy the architecture: I find out later that the shoe shop sale was over and in Kiwi Daughter’s words: “there were only ugly shoes left“. They did however score an ice-cream (predictable) and enjoy looking around.

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July 25, 2015

From Vaals To Maastricht… The Road-trip View…

Several years ago Family Kiwidutch visited Maastricht in the province of Limburg. We’ve been dividing our time between looking around the city of Maastricht and spending time at the holiday home we have rented close to Vaals. Today is a photographic post that shows the view of the journey between the two places …

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July 24, 2015

A Restaurant Over A Labyrinth: Views, Weather And Food All Delight…

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After our tour of the North caves in Maastricht several years ago,  we were looking for a bite of lunch.

Luckily we didn’t have to go far because there was a café / restaurant right next to the office for the cave tickets.

The hill overlooks the city of Maasticht and zooming in with my camera gives views d the churches and most prominent landmarks.

We all had an excellent lunch of pancakes and toasted sandwiches. The café was busy, I think not only with tourists visiting the caves but also those who have been visiting the fort nearby and local who just find this an excellent spot to relax, enjoy the view and enjoy a coffee.

The terrace fills up and empties in waves, and I try and take my photographs in the quiet moments as to exclude photographs of other people’s children on my blog as much as possible. The kids loved the tour of the caves but are not up to a long walk around the fort today; they have the swimming pool back at the holiday park more in mind. We like to combine our days as “half-half” as possible. Half sight-seeing and half back-at-home-relaxing. This plan of action also makes life easier for me too, a little walking and then a good rest. The weather has been fantastic, so we’ve been lucky… and good food and an excellent view to enjoy in this weather are the icing on the cake.

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July 23, 2015

The Writing, Painting And Drawing Is On The Wall…

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Following yesterday’s post Family Kiwidutch are visiting the famous caves just outside Maastricht. From their website I learn that:

“The labyrinth once had 20,000 passageways covering a total of 200 kilometres.

The labyrinth currently has 8,000 passageways, measuring a total of 80 kilometres in length.  

The fossilised remains of  creatures can still be seen today in the yellow marl used in buildings in the city and on the walls of the passageways.

The most impressive finds date from 1770, 1998, and 2012, when particularly well-preserved fossils of mosasaurs (literally: Meuse lizards) – relations of the dinosaurs – were found in the St. Pietersberg hill.

Due to their air of mystery and their vastness, the catacombs also gained great strategic importance during the dozens of sieges on the fortified city of Maastricht. Battles were even fought right into the caves by the nearby Fort St. Pieter.
An enormous explosion took place below the fort in 1794, creating a huge underground dome, which can now be visited safely. The passageways also served as a place of refuge for the inhabitants of Maastricht and the surrounding area during wartime.

Wells were dug in the Zonneberg caves, an entire hospital ward was set up, and a bakery and a chapel were built. The remains of these can still be seen. In September 1944, Maastricht’s residents sheltered in the bombproof safety of the caves, while above ground the city was being liberated.” 

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Our guide  who took us through the North Caves told us that although some of the other caves were outfitted with equipment to house civilians during World War II,  they were never put into use for an extended period of time.

Since, as mentioned in yesterday’s post, they now know more about hypothermia and how an attempt at housing people inside the tunnels would have been impossible in reality. Fortunately it was never needed as a long term shelter, rather for just hours at a time. Over the centuries people have decorated the walls of the tunnels in many forms: relief sculptures, charcoal drawing/painting and inscribing their names and details.

One such person was a Mr Salomon who left an inscription in 1941, and there was a story to go with this that I don’t fully remember correctly, I *think* he was the only survivor of the concentration camps, or his son was … but for whatever the exact reason was, his son came back in 1991 and inscribed his name too. Since inscriptions like these are not permitted these days  in order to preserve the tunnels I am not sure if he did it with  permission or not.

The guide told us that the tunnels were used a lot during World War II,  especially due to the fact that some of the tunnels have entrances and exits in Belgium as well as the Netherlands (the Belgium border being only a short distance away) so resistance fighters, Jews and Allied soldiers moved people and goods through the tunnels covertly. These cross border tunnels are no longer accessible, but were an invaluable aid in World War II and in previous conflicts and sieges.

Getting photographs of the drawings on the wall is rather a hit and miss affair, the flash produces a very stark, unnatural image so I try to just use the light from the lamps in the tunnel.

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The caption says: “Think about your guide”…

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July 22, 2015

Going Down Into The Depths Of The Earth…

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When visiting Maastricht and the Dutch province of Limburg several years ago, one thing what was on our “to-do” list early on was a tour of the famous St. Pietersberg caves.

What I didn’t know was that there is also a fort there called Mount Saint Peter located on a local hill called Mount St. Pieter next to the caves.

Information on Wikipedia is only in Dutch and Flemish so I’ve translated a few facts and figures here:

Fort St. Peter, located on the northern flank of Mount St. Pieter in Maastricht , dates from 1701-1702. Ordered by the military commander of Maastricht Daniel Wolff Baron Dopff  to be built in the shape of a pentagon to defend the southern ramparts of Maastricht.

This was deemed necessary in 1673 after the French occupied the Saint-Pierre and the idea was that a fortress here would put paid to any further aggression from the south.  The Tsar Peter the Great of Russia visited the fort in 1717 and it was recorded that he was received with much festivities by the governor of the town.  The fort was attacked often,  particularly spectacularly in 1794 when it was attacked by the French from the back, during one of the many sieges of Maastricht. In the beginning of the nineteenth century, it was substantially modernized in order to be able to meet the requirements of the time. 

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The fort lost it’s need of being a defensive installation after the signing of the treaty of Maastricht in 1867 bought political stability.

From the beginning of the 20th century  the area at the front of the fort had been extended and made into a bar, restaurant and party venue.

On the terrace many Pieterpad walker (a long distance  492 kilometres / 306 mile walk the length of the Netherlands from  Pieterburen in northern Groningen to the top of Mount Saint Peter in Maastricht)  drank a glass to the happy conclusion of their hike.

 In 2011, this terraced section was demolished in connection with the restoration of the fort back to it’s true, original  form.

A professional guide takes groups of tourists though the caves and ours explains that without fail they always carry three large oil lamps plus a battery operated torch. These are the main lamp for the guide at the front of the tour party, another lamp for one of the visitors to carry at the rear of the party (and no other visitor should be behind this person), a spare, backup lamp carried by another visitor in the middle of the group and the heavy duty torch that the guide carries as “backup backup”.

This is because  the caves are cold and people have gotten lost in centuries past and died of hypothermia. If you’d asked me if the caves were damp I’d have said “No” but our guide proves otherwise with a demonstration of Little Mr’s breath that revealed that there is a fine mist in the air that is simply invisible due to the lack of light. During a short guided tour you wouldn’t notice anything, but apparently over the course of hours this “mist” seeps into clothes making them very damp and after that the cold finishes you off very  quickly indeed.

The extra lamps are because although the guides have gotten to know the routes and where they are with a light, the complete, utter and total darkness messes with your senses and you loose all sense of direction in the darkness so they would be as lost as the tourist without one so no chances are taken. These caves aren’t natural, they were originally made by people cutting out blocks of marl, a lime-rich mudstone which were used to build houses, churches and castles.

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They pushed carts through the tunnels and over the centuries, these deep grooves were made where the wheel hubs dug into the corners of the tunnel, literally “cutting corners…”

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This tunnel was first at the highest level: once they had taken blocks out, they started lowering the floor level… see how many levels lower we are now…

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That’s why we sometimes see wheel rut wear high above our heads…

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July 21, 2015

The Geographical Location Promised Much, But Didn’t Quite Deliver…

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Family Kiwidutch stayed at the Landal holiday park in Maastricht several years ago and after a day out busy visiting the three countries point and the highest point in the Netherlands (mid you, “high” being exceptionally relative in a country that’s mostly below sea level).

We’ve arrived back tired and decide that trying out the holiday park’s restaurant is the easiest (read laziest) option.

It’s getting late in the day so most people with younger children have eaten already and apart from what appears to be a very large family party going on further down and the rest of the diners outside on the terrace, we have the place inside to ourselves.

We order the “standard” request for Little Mr: plain boiled pasta please with no sauce, just some grated cheese on top, Kiwi Daughter however is getting more adventurous and goes for tomato soup.

She was only just emerging from her very fussy eating habits back then so this order was more than radical. She tempered it with a side order of fries because she wasn’t certain if she would like the soup, turned out she ate both no problem at all. I went with a shrimp dish and a side salad and Himself, a cheese fondue. Dinner was interrupted just after we ordered by the appearance of a hot air balloon floating low over the park, something the kids were keen for me to document.

Both Himself and I had very high expectations for the meal, after all Limburg as a province prides itself on having better cuisine than the rest of the Netherlands, and Belgium and Germany are literally just kilometres away, but sadly both the adult meals were just so-so.  Usually the closer you get to the borders the better the food but maybe we got a bad day or the main Chef was having their day off. The kids liked their food but were disappointed that there wasn’t time to fit in a swim before bedtime so we are going to try and have some earlier mealtimes this holiday.

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July 20, 2015

Exactly Which Country Are We In? … It’s Not Necessarily Black And White…

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The wonderful thing about living in the Netherlands is that in some regions the borders have shifted so often over the centuries, you need to do a double check to know which country you are in.

The style of Dutch  architecture is very distinctive, especially the house styles so as soon as you drive over the border to Belgium or Germany you normally see the changes within a few kilometres.

During our trip to Limburg a few years ago however I was thoroughly confused, the house styles definitely didn’t look Dutch, but judging by the number plates on the cars standing in some of the driveways, it seemed that they certainly were.

It was clear though that many of these buildings were centuries old and therefore they probably haven’t been Dutch for all of their history. When we realised that we were in the town of Lemiers, we knew for sure that we were in Dutch territory but  none of these buildings would spring to mind as “typically Dutch”… that said, they are amazing in all of their crooked and often strangely angled structure. The style is very Tudor in “look” (I’m not completely certain the regional equivalents of reigns) and it seems that in several surrounding villages, that even relative new builds keep to the same building code as their historical neighbours.

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This place is the local garden centre…

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July 19, 2015

And Around The Corner We Find a Little Castle… As You Do !

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As we were driving back from the Drielanden punt when as is often the case, Himself  asks if we can take a few of the smaller roads back to our holiday house. I have to admit that the border here goes back and forth a bit so I’m not entirely certain if we were in the Netherlands or (I think, Belgium) when we came across this delightful little castle, nestled into the green countryside. In case you were wondering, not it’s not on fire, they just had a large bonfire burning out the back and the smoke was billowing out quite distance. I love that its so “castle-like” but on a semi-miniaturized scale. Wow, a what  building… I’d love to live there…

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