Wijk bij Duurstede

Hans Bax

Gouda, Netherlands

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  • 796 views14 September 2012

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

A big church tower (not the one on the photo!) is situated at the main street of the city. As one of the few in the Netherlands, this tower has a flat roof, because the bishop couldn’t afford to make a high roof.

Wijk bij Duurstede received city rights in 1300.

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