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After we visited my parents-in-law (Mothers day!) we went to Wijk bij Duurstede, my former hometown. 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. This happens just before the Wind Mill, wich is therefore called “Rijn en Lek”. The mill was built in 1659 and is the only drive-through wind mill (grist mill) in the world, and the only one in the Netherlands that was built on an old town gate, the Leuterpoort. The Leuterpoort was built in the 14th century.

This mill is often confused with the mill that became famous by Ruysdael’s Windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede, painted in 1670. That mill does not exist anymore, but its foundations are still visible a few blocks away from the present mill.

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 by the Vikings around 850. Wijk bij Duurstede received city rights in 1300.

Wijk bij Duurstede, Holland – 13 May 2012
Camera: Canon Powershot SX1 IS

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  • Hans Bax
    Hans Baxabout 2 years ago

    Ruysdael’s Windmill, painted in 1670 …

  • Judith Hayes
    Judith Hayesabout 2 years ago

    I love this and how the road goes right under it. Wonderful image and thanks so much for all the information. This goes on my “Hope to see Someday List.”

  • Hi Judith! Thanks a lot for your great compliments, kind comment and fave!
    And you’re welcome in Wijk bij Duurstede!
    Cheers,
    Hans.

    – Hans Bax

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTabout 2 years ago

    great shot

  • Dank je Sylvia!
    Groeten en fijne avond!
    Hans.

    – Hans Bax

  • liesbeth
    liesbethabout 2 years ago

    Mooi .. de plaats van de molen heeft iets speciaals, meestal staan ze ergens statig alleen maar hier hoort ie er echt bij.
    xx

  • Wijk is zo mooi…. een fotoshoot meer dan waard! Zou zo terug willen…. (^_^)
    Liefs en groeten!
    Hans xxx

    – Hans Bax

  • Simon Duckworth
    Simon Duckworthabout 2 years ago

  • Thanks a lot, Simon!
    Cheers,
    Hans.

    – Hans Bax

  • Joseph  Tillman
    Joseph Tillmanabout 2 years ago

  • Thanks a lot, Joseph! Very much appreciated!
    Cheers, have a wonderful weekend!
    Hans.

    – Hans Bax

  • kappisan
    kappisanabout 2 years ago

    Very Beautiful!!!:D
    Love it Hans!:D
    Big Congratulations on your Feature!!!

  • Dank je Kappi!
    Groeten en mooi weekend!
    Hans.

    – Hans Bax

  • kappisan
    kappisanabout 2 years ago

    ps:Thanks for the great info!!!:D

  • You’re welcome!
    En dank voor de fave!
    Groeten!
    Hans.

    – Hans Bax

  • WildestArt
    WildestArtabout 2 years ago

  • Thanks a lot! Very much appreciated!
    Cheers, have a wonderful weekend!
    Hans.

    – Hans Bax

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 2 years ago

    May 18,2012

  • Thanks a lot, Ann! Very much appreciated!
    Cheers and have a wonderful weekend!
    Hans.

    – Hans Bax

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