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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