Barendrecht

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Dorpskerk

Barendrecht is situated between Rotterdam and the river Oude Maas. Being a part of the Riederwaard, Barendrecht used to exist of three manors: Carnisse, West- and East-Barendrecht. The oldest document that speaks of Barendrecht, is a deed dated 18 Feb 1264 AD. In it the foundation of a church in Barendrecht belonging to the Abbey of Saint Paul in Utrecht was descriped. At present Barendrecht has about 45,000 inhabitants. They live in one of two distinctive parts separated by highway A29. East is the older part, while west is Carnisselande, a brand new so-called Vinex location.

The current Dorpskerk (village church), the oldest national monument in Barendrecht, was built in 1512 and is situated in the old village heart opposite the water tower.

Bethel church
Not far away from the Dorpskerk is the bigger Bethelkerk at the crossroad of the Barendrechtseweg and Binnenlandse Baan, leading to the town hall. At this intersection you also find Barendrechts cultural heart, Het Kruispunt theater. Shopping street no.1 is the Middenbaan, behind the theater.

Barendrechts economic center is formed by the vegetables auction buildings and the adjacent industrial area Dierenstein (most inhabitants of Barendrecht work in Rotterdam though). This area is boundered by the Betuwe lijn, a multi billion euro project, which links the ports of Rotterdam with the German Rurgebiet. On June 16th 2007 Queen Beatrix opened this train stretch at the renovated train station of Barendrecht.

In the Vrijenburgerbos at the north edge of Barendrecht one can see a mill, the Pendrechtse molen.

Pendrechtse molen
It was built in 1731 in the polder New-Pendrecht, located in Rotterdam territory. In 1993 it had to make way for an industrial park and was sold to Barendrecht for 1 Dutch florin. It was moved bodily 3 kms east to its current location.

Situated on the river Oude Maas Barendrecht offers a unique natural scenery. The Carnisse Grienden are a fresh water tide area. The many pollard-willows stand in water at high tide. Pedestrians keep their feet dry thanks to small dikes and bridges. The grienden can best be viewed from the Oude Maasheuvel, a hill in the flat landscape. On top of the hill is an artefact in the form of a big round concave mirror, called Sky Moon Mirror Environment. From the hill you also have to best views of the skyline of Rotterdam. I've made a blog about the Carnisse Grienden with a few photos.

Chokk says:
Nice describtion of your hometown:D
Posted on: Mar 23, 2008
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Dorpskerk
Dorpskerk
Bethel church
Bethel church
Pendrechtse molen
Pendrechtse molen
Dorpskerk
Dorpskerk
Dorpskerk
Dorpskerk
Watertower for marriages...
Watertower for marriages...
House Waalesteyn
House Waalesteyn
Doormanplein
Doormanplein
Dorpsstraat
Dorpsstraat
Dorpsstraat
Dorpsstraat
Dorpsstraat
Dorpsstraat
Oude Haven
Oude Haven
Oude Haven
Oude Haven
Bakery Pot
Bakery Pot
Village farm Piet Heinstraat
Village farm Piet Heinstraat
Koedood
Koedood
Middenbaan
Middenbaan
Dutch cheese!
Dutch cheese!
Flower market
Flower market
Dutch glory
Dutch glory
Voordijk Ebenhaezer church
Voordijk Ebenhaezer church
Carnissehaven church
Carnissehaven church
Round-about art: The Wheelbarrow
Round-about art: The Wheelbarrow
Round-about art (2)
Round-about art (2)
Middeldijkerplein workmen
Middeldijkerplein workmen
Carnisseveste
Carnisseveste
Portlandse Baan
Portlandse Baan
Gaatkensplas
Gaatkensplas
Gaatkensplas
Gaatkensplas
Waddenring lighthouses
Waddenring lighthouses
Ferry or bridge?
Ferry or bridge?
Drs. P. wisdom
Drs. P. wisdom
Riederpark
Riederpark
Voordijk: modern bridge
Voordijk: modern bridge
Gaatkensplas, bridge to Oudemaas h…
Gaatkensplas, bridge to Oudemaas …
Spooky
Spooky
Sky Moon Mirror
Sky Moon Mirror
Oudemaas hill view to Carnisse Gri…
Oudemaas hill view to Carnisse Gr…
Sheep attack
Sheep attack
When theres 1 sheep over the dike…
When there's 1 sheep over the dik…
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