The only drive-through wind mill (grist mill) in the world....

Hans Bax

Gouda, Netherlands

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The city Wijk bij Duurstede (Holland) is located on the Rijn (Rhine). At Wijk bij Duurstede, the Kromme Rijn (Crooked Rhine) branches off, and the main branch is called Lek (Lek River) downstream from Wijk bij Duurstede.

The name Wijk bij Duurstede means neighbourhood near Duurstede. Duurstede is the name of the nearby castle/ruin, where the bishop of Utrecht used to live. Wijk bij Duurstede is located at the place where Dorestad used to be, an important trade settlement, that was pillaged around 850 by the Vikings.

In Wijk bij Duurstede is the only drive-through wind mill (grist mill) in the world. The mill is often confused with the mill that was made famous by Ruysdael’s 1670 painting The windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede. That mill however does no longer exist (its foundation can still be seen a couple of blocks away of the remaining mill).

Wijk bij Duurstede received city rights in 1300.

Shot taken in the late evening sun.
Camera: Kodak DX6340 ZDC

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