Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Amersfoort Day!

 Map by Joan Blaeu, 1649 (click for enlargement)

Amersfoort gained its city rights at June 12, 1259. The charter stated the right to have a market, propose taxes and to build a city wall.

Aerial photo, 1924 (click for enlargement)

Not much has changed in 1924. Except the church next to the tower ('The Tower of Our Lady') has disappeared; when the protestants took over they used the church as an ammunition depot. In 1787 somebody wasn't careful enough and the whole building exploded.

Nowadays all the farmland has been built up with houses (lucky for me; I live near the sharp corner in the road to the north).

Google Maps, 2012

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8 comments:

  1. Gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag, Amersfoort!

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  2. A masterpiece of architecture! You are right being proud of Your Town. Many happy returns of the day!

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  3. I do like old maps and this one is lovely. You’re right not much seems to have changed though. It looks like a nice place to live.

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  4. Even from the air I can tell it's a beautiful city. We had a lovely visit to Amsterdam recently, and now I'm wanting to visit other parts of the Netherlands.

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