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Nederland - ‘s-Graveland, Gooilust

08 Nov 2020 63 63 125
The history of the estates in ‘s-Graveland dates back to the year of 1625 (during the Dutch Golden Age). In that year wealthy Amsterdam merchants did get permission to cultivate an area west of Hilversum The sandy soil was excavated and transported by boat to Amsterdam, where it was used for the expansion of the city. On the way back, the ships took manure and rubbish with them to enrich the infertile soil of 's-Graveland. Initially farms were founded on the lots and leased to farmers. Later several estates were created with country houses with park-like gardens. In 1634, 27 lots were raffled among interested parties. One of the lots went to “Pieter Cornelisz Hooft” and “Godert van Reede” who bought the piece of land as an investment because of the sand digging. Hooft and his wife were living on Muiderslot Castle . In 1657 “Jacob Bicker” became the owner, who had a farm, possibly as a country house. The current country house was built in 1779 - late Louis XVI-style - for “Gerrit Corver Hooft”, administrator of the West-Indische Companie (Dutch West India Company). In the following years, the geometric garden was laid out on the estate, which in the early 19th century was transformed into an English landscape-style park. In 1895, “Louise Six” inherited the estate. When she died in 1934, she bequeathed Gooilust to the Vereiniging Natuurmonumenten (Society for Preservation of Nature Monuments in the Netherlands). The park is freely accessible, but the manor itself is not.

Slide show: Beautiful Greece

26 May 2017 41 37 132
The slide show "Beautiful Greece", to promote Ipernity on YouTube . Greece is our favourite holiday destination for the last couple of years. Due to corona of course no visit last year and therefore these beautiful memories. Please view and comment on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0Bk6DVIQyA More info Ipernity/Advertising/Youtube: www.ipernity.com/group/advertising/discuss/195370 . More pictures of Greece: www.ipernity.com/doc/294067/album/989818 .

Slide show: Dutch Windmills

12 Feb 2008 25 15 62
Modified and extended slide show, now uploaded to promote Ipernity on my own YouTube channel. www.youtube.com/watch?v=887pGZR9Qzw Please view and comment on YouTube. A journey along some of the 1,170 Dutch windmills. In the year 1221 a Dutch windmill is mentioned for the first time. These landmarks of the landscape were/are used for grinding grain, sawing wood, making paper, pressing oil or even draining entire polders. See for more info Ipernity/Advertising/Youtube: www.ipernity.com/group/advertising/discuss/195370 . More pictures of Dutch Windmills: www.ipernity.com/doc/294067/album/537909 .

Slide show: Five Dutch Castles / Vijf Nederlandse…

01 Oct 2020 14 7 46
A slide show to promote Ipernity on Youtube . These five Dutch Castles are all not far from my hometown in the Netherlands. View and comment please on Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGbKZvT1r3E&feature=youtu.be More info Ipernity/Advertising/Youtube: www.ipernity.com/group/advertising/discuss/195370 . More pictures and info of Dutch castles: www.ipernity.com/doc/294067/album/537955

Nederland - Heerlen, Kasteel TerWorm

11 Aug 2020 66 57 590
Kasteel TerWorm or Ter Worm (Ter Worm Castle) was inhabited by noble families since the 14th century. The first known owner was the Lord of Strijthagen in 1476, when the castle was a moated building fortified by external walls outside the moat. The castle was destroyed by fire in 1550 but rebuilt in the same style. The rebuilding, completed by the Van Wijlre family, was done in brick and the building was painted white to disguise the difference in building materials. The castle remained in this family's possession until 1738. At the end of the 18th century the castle was restored and the gardens laid out in French rococo style. Kasteel TerWorm became the centerpiece of a 1.500 ha estate with nine farms. In the late 19th Century the castle and the estate acquired its present neo-Gothic style. From 1917 till 1988 the castle and its estate were in the hands of the Oranje Nassau mine, housing some of their staff. In the last decades of the twentieth century the castle became very run down until it was bought by the Van der Valk hotel chain. Kasteel TerWorm was restored ‘stone by stone’ in 1997-1999. Nowadays it houses a hotel and restaurant. The rococo garden with its orangery - carefully reconstructed based on excavations - is open for the public.

Nederland - Mechelen, Bovenste Molen

12 Aug 2020 79 72 339
The Bovenste Molen (Upper Mill) - formerly also known as Wolfsmolen - is located at the river Geul in the hamlet of Höfke near the village of Mechelen. It is a centre mill. Downstream in the same town there is another mill, which is logically referred to as the Onderste Molen (Lower Mill). The location at the Geul seems to be very suitable, as a water mill has been standing here for 750 years. The oldest building tracks in the present building date from the 15th century. In French times the mill was confiscated and sold publicly. Throughout the centuries the mill has served as a paper mill, flour mill and artificial wool mill. Artificial wool was made from disintegrated rags mixed with sheep's wool. The Bovenste Molen was a banmolen (mill soke). The inhabitants of the lord's territory were only allowed to have their grain ground in this mill. This in turn, of course, provided additional income for the landlord, who could levy tax on the grain. Since 1979 the mill is owned by the Vereniging tot Behoud van Natuurmonumenten (Society for Preservation of Nature Monuments in the Netherlands). Nowadays the mill is no longer in operation.

Nederland - ’s-Graveland, Trompenburgh

08 Nov 2020 106 105 483
The history of the estates in ‘s-Graveland dates back to the year of 1625 (during the Dutch Golden Age). In that year wealthy Amsterdam merchants did get permission to cultivate an area west of Hilversum The sandy soil was excavated and transported by boat to Amsterdam, where it was used for the expansion of the city. On the way back, the ships took manure and rubbish with them to enrich the infertile soil of 's-Graveland. Initially farms were founded on the lots and leased to farmers. Later several estates were created with country houses with park-like gardens. Two of the plots came into the hands of “Jan van Hellemond”, a very wealthy husband of “Margaret van Raephorst”. In 1654 the couple built a luxurious country estate called De Hooge Dreuvik . After Jan's death (1665) Margaret inherited the estate. Two years later she married with Cornelis Tromp - famous Dutch admiral - who became the owner of the estate. But the manor - like many others in ‘s-Graveland - were looted and burned by the French during the Dutch War in 1672. The country house was rebuilt from 1675 to 1684 by Tromp, who called it Sillisburgh , after one of his titles. Around 1720 “Jacob Roeters” came into possession of the estate and renamed it Trompenburgh . The house is almost entirely surrounded by water and was built to resemble a ship, even with decks and railings. Of the many manors in 's-Graveland Trompenburgh is the most elegant. Nowadays Trompenburgh is owned by Stichting Monumenten Bezit , a Dutch foundation acting as a national management organisation for monuments and/or buildings of cultural and historical value. The estate is not open for visitors.

Nederland - Limburg, Geuldal

12 Aug 2020 70 63 366
The Geul is a river that has its source in Belgium, about 300 meters above sea level near the German border. It flows about 20 kilometers in Belgium before enterig the Netherlands. After a further 38 kilometers through the most southern part of the province of Limburg the Geul flows into the Meuse, north of the city of Maastricht. A drop of more than 240 meters makes it to the fastest-flowing river of the Netherlands. Along the way the river gets water from no less than one hundred and thirty side streams. The valley of the Geul in the Netherlands is a breathtaking piece of (more or less) unspoilt nature. Areas with meadows are interspersed with wooded slopes of the ‘mountains’ of southern Limburg. The valley with the meandering Geul offers cultural highlights and architectural, like quaint villages with half-timbered (farm)houses, watermills, churches and castles.

Nederland - Epen, Volmolen

12 Aug 2020 99 97 356
One of the most well-known building in the valley of the river Geul is probably the Volmolen just outside the village of Epen. The mill was part of the broadcloth industry in Vaals. Because of the location of the mill on the Geul, there was an abundance of water available for vollen - that’s why the mill is named Volmolen - the fulling of the wool. There was not such a large amount of water in the vicinity of Vaals. The history of the Epener mill dates back to the 17th century. In 1680 there was already talk of an oil mill. Later it is said to have been used as a bark mill. It was only in the last decades of the 18th century that it became a fulling mill. The urine and rancid butter needed for the fulling process was discharged into the river Geul after use. So it is not strange that the Volmolen was built outside the village centre of Epen. The complex is situated between the Geul and a dug mill brook. Water is pumped up into the brook to increase the decay of the water at the waterwheel. The buildings, a mill house and a farm with attached barns, surround a courtyard. The walls of the buildings are built in various types of locally broken stone. In 1872 the mill was converted into a flour mill. After several renovations and restorations the Volmolen was put into a flour mill in 1977. The mill is now owned by the Vereniging tot Behoud van Natuurmonumenten (Society for Preservation of Nature Monuments in the Netherlands). A foundation for the exploitation of the mill has a contract with a group of bakers for the supply of flour.

Nederland - Voerendaal, Kasteel Cortenbach

11 Aug 2020 82 67 378
Kasteel Cortenbach (Cortenbach Castle) and its farmhouse are dating back to the 14th century. Remains of this original castle are the two round towers, which were built with a locally found stone. These towers probably were the corner towers of the outer bailey. The current castle was built around the year 1713 as a mansion by the merchant “Herman Lamberts” from Aachen. He was lord of Cortenbach since 1682. In 1776 large parts of the castle were rebuilt again. In 1869 the last widow of the Dutch line of the “De Lamberts de Cortenbach” family died at the castle. Kasteel Cortenbach is one of five castles in the village of Voerendaal. Since 1988 it is private property, housing the main office of a company; hence it is not open for public. The castle is a national monument.

Nederland - Stevensweert, Hompesche Molen

10 Aug 2020 74 78 343
Count Reinier Vincent van Hompesch owned from the year 1719 the heerlijkheid (the lowest administrative and judicial unit in rural areas in the Netherlands) Stevensweert. He wanted his own banmolen (mill soke), in which the inhabitants of the villages Stevensweert and Ohé were obliged to grind their grains, so that the count could claim a part of the revenues. The mill was built between 1721 and 1722. The Hompesche Molen is a so called stellingmolen (tower stage). From this stage (or platform) the miller could bring the sails in the right position. The mill has eight floors (called attics), including the basement, which was also used as a prison. The building is made entirely of brick and is round in shape. With a height of 37 meters it is the tallest flour mill in the province of Limburg. During the Second World War, the mill was badly damaged and could not loger used. Between 1948 and 1949 it was restored, but the mill fell into disuse again and was in a worse condition, which led to another renovation between 1975 and 1977. After that, wheat and barley were milled for years by a voluntary miller for use as cattle feed. Between 2005 and 2013 there has been a visitor centre in the outbuildings and miller's house. From 2009 a brasserie has been housed in the miller's house adjacent to the mill. In 2014 the mill became the property of the Vereniging Natuurmonumenten (a Dutch Society for Nature Conservation). In 2015 the mill was restored and made accessible to the public.

Nederland - Wijhe, Wijhese Molen

04 Aug 2020 77 62 283
The Wijhese Molen has been constructed early 18th century. There are several inscriptions in various beams in the mill: the oldest one found reads: "GVB 1705". This makes the mill the oldest octagonal mill in the Dutch province of Overijssel. However the mill was probably not newly built, but relocated from a polder mill in Noord-Holland, which was demolished in those days. In the course of the centuries the mill had several millers till it was handed over in 1977 to a foundation Stichting De Wijhese Molen . Commissioned by this foundation, the mill was restored in 1979. It has always had the function of a corn mill: grinding grain for farmers and bakers. Nowadays the Wijhese Molen is still equipped for this purpose with one pair of grinding stones (there used to be two in the past). The ground floor of the mill houses a brasserie and art gallery.

Nederland - Wijhe, De Gelder

04 Aug 2020 74 62 300
De Gelder was originally a so called havezate (manor or fortified (farm)house). The house was first mentioned in 1382 and was originally part of another estate. In 1601 there is talk of a separate house, which was extended in 1611. In 1683, the property was sold to the Van Dedem family, in whose possession it would remain for a long time. Early 20th century De Gelder came by inheritance into the possession of the noble family of De Vos van Steenwijk. The property was demolished in 1913. On the estate there are still some buildings such as a coach house, a bridge and an entrance gate that belonged to the manor. The moat also remained intact. Nowadays the estate is still managed by one of the members of the Vos van Steenwijk family. The house is also inhabited by the family.

Nederland - Veessen, Tolbrug

04 Aug 2020 81 75 365
The Tolbrug (Toll Bridge) near Veessen is part of a Dutch plan Ruimte voor de Rivier (Room for the River), intended to protect the areas surrounding the Dutch rivers for flooding. Better drainage of river water reduces the chance of flooding. Between the villages of Veessen and Wapenveld a channel has been created between two dikes to give the river IJssel more room to flood safely. The bridge - connecting the areas on both sides of the dikes, even is the channel full of water - has 60 flaps, which will be opened during extremely high tide. The river water then flows into the area between the two dikes up to the outlet at Wapenveld. If the channel fills up, this temporarily lowers the level in the IJssel. The Tolbrug - 800 meters long - is named after the Tolhuis (Tollhouse) that used to stand on the current spot of the driveway to the bridge.

Nederland - Enkhuizen, Vogelhoeksmolen

14 Jul 2020 79 65 306
Originally, the Vogelhoeksmolen - a small octagonal polder mill - was located north of Hemelum in the province of Friesland. The mill must have been built between 1855 and 1873. Until around 1947 the polder Vogelhoek, an area of approx. 50 ha, was drained by the mill. After it was out of operation, the mill fell into heavy decay and was finally demolished in 1970. The parts were transported to Adorp, where they were restored and stored in a mill maker's workshop. In 1984 - 20 years after the owner donated the mill to the museum - it was relocated in the Zuiderzeemuseum in Enkhuizen. The Vogelhoeksmolen is used for flushing the water on the museum grounds. The water needed for this will be drawn from the IJsselmeer. The windmill is equipped with a wooden mortar. In the year 2000 the wooden shaft broke and the sails came down. The wooden shaft has been replaced by a cast iron one. Since then, the Vogelhoeksmolen has been in frequent use.

Nederland - Enkhuisen, Zuiderzeemuseum

28 Sep 2020 65 58 302
The Zuiderzeemuseum , located in the historic center of Enkhuizen is a well known Dutch museum preserving the maritime history and cultural heritage from around the Zuiderzee , which became IJsselmeer , after closing the Afsluitdijk (Enclosure Dam) in 1932. The impetus for the founding of the Zuiderzeemuseum was an exhibition that was held around 1930 in Enkhuizen, where cardboard houses were displayed and costumed locals from around the Zuiderzee walked around. Due to threat of World War II the plans were put on hold. In the summer of 1949 the first exhibition - the birth of the indoor part of the museum - was set up in the Drommedaris, the 16th century defensive tower in the harbour. Due to the success of this exhibition, the Zuiderzeemuseum obtained warehouses, which once belonged to the Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (Dutch East India Company). The Dutch government took over these buildings and restored them and maintains them until today. The Zuiderzeemuseum consists of two parts: an indoor- and outdoor museum. The indoor museum – opened in 1950 - contains both temporary exhibitions as well as permanent artifacts. Among them a large collection of wooden ships, paintings, furniture and traditional costumes from villages around the former Zuiderzee . The outdoor museum - opened in 1983 - is an open air museum with more than 140 authentic historic buildings, originally situated in villages around the former Zuiderzee . Most of them are the original buildings - sometimes transported in a steel frame - others are replicas. A large variety of buildings are on display: wind mill, lime kilns, fish-smoking house, steam laundry, drugstore, pharmacy, basketmaker, blacksmith, cheese warehouse, school, and hairdresser's, amongst others.

Nederland - Enkhuizen

23 Oct 2020 78 79 331
Enkhuizen is a picturesque little city, well known for its numerous historic buildings and monuments. During the 17th century it was one off the most prosperous cities in the Netherlands as a member of the Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie - VOC (Dutch East India Company); the largest trading company in the world. Its rich history is visible in many villas, ‘Golden Age’ buildings, churches, channels, harbours and city walls. The most remarkable sight in Enkhuizen is the defense tower - known as Drommedaris (Dromedary) - at the entrance to the Old Harbour. The building - restored in 2013 - still has its 17th-century carillon. Enkhuizen was one of the harbour-towns of the VOC, from where overseas trade with the East Indies was conducted. It received city rights in 1355. In the mid-17th century the city was at the peak of its power and was one of the most important harbour cities in the Netherlands. It lost its position by the late 17th century, due to the wars with England, the silting of its waters and the rise of Amsterdam. Enkhuizen became a sleepy fishermen's town. Nowadays Enkhuizen is famous for its water sports facilities; the town has one of the largest marinas in the country. Many ships from the so called bruine vloot (brown fleet) have adopted Enkhuizen as their homeport.

Nederland - Petten, Palendorp

13 Jul 2020 117 81 451
The village of Petten has been existing since 1300 and was originally called Petten bi der Sipe . During a storm in 1625 no less than a hundred houses were destroyed. The village disappeared completely into the sea in 1792. From the 18th century onwards, Petten was gradually relocated. Petten's past and the struggle against the sea is emphasized by the Palendorp (Pole Village). This monument and work of art was placed in 2016. The 160 poles - six and twelve meters high - form the silhouette of a former church and ten houses. It was a gift of the contractors who carried out the project Kust op Kracht .

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