Heusden, my favourite little Dutch town

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Heusden, house dated 1521 A.D.

This is my 50th journal entry, so it must be a special one. The honour goes to the fortified city of Heusden, indeed my favourite little Dutch town.

If you could fly over Heusden, you would see a big wheel surrounded by water. In medieval times it was said that this fierce place was unreducable. The city-moat, the ramparts, the bastions and gates still look impressive. Your visit to Heusden should start with a walk on the ramparts, which offers fine views of the old city center.

Unfortunately Heusden's castle, one of the oldest and biggest Westeuropean water strongholds, was destroyed by explosions after lightning struck the tower which functioned as powder-magazine. All what remains are some fondaments, some small side buildings and a partly reconstruction of the entrance.

Heusden, moat
They can be well observed from the rampart. On the location of the fore-building, a catholic church has been erected after WO II.

From the castle fondaments, Ridderstraat, a small street with beautiful old houses, leads to the vismarkt. The so-called fish market is a big square bordered on its north side by a remarkable construction, the Visbank. It contains 12 Dorian columns and an open window to the old port. Aside the Visbank is the custom-house with a nice two-sided stairs entrance. The other sides of the square consist of many beautiful Dutch houses dated ages ago. Walk in the side streets, wander around and you see all these old houses, one even more beautiful than the other. The oldest residence, according to a stone on the wall dated 1521 A.D., is situated on the corner of Lombardstraat and Putterstraat.

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Heusden, house dated 1521 A.D.
Heusden, house dated 1521 A.D.
Heusden, moat
Heusden, moat
Heusden, west gate
Heusden, west gate
Heusden, port near Wieldijk
Heusden, port near Wieldijk
Heusden, Wieldijk
Heusden, Wieldijk
Heusden, Oude Herptse poort
Heusden, Oude Herptse poort
Heusden, Veerpoort
Heusden, Veerpoort
Heusden, near Molenstraat
Heusden, near Molenstraat
Heusden, standerd molen, the oldes…
Heusden, standerd molen, the olde…
Heusden, port mill with canons
Heusden, port mill with canons
Heusden, Visbank
Heusden, Visbank
Heusden, Visbank window
Heusden, Visbank window
Heusden, entrance to the old port
Heusden, entrance to the old port
Heusden, old port
Heusden, old port
Heusden, Old port
Heusden, Old port
Heusden, Vismarkt north
Heusden, Vismarkt north
Heusden, Commiezenhuis
Heusden, Commiezenhuis
Heusden, Vismarkt south
Heusden, Vismarkt south
Heusden, Vismarkt
Heusden, Vismarkt
Heusden,old house on Vismarkt
Heusden,old house on Vismarkt
Heusden, around the corner off Vis…
Heusden, around the corner off Vi…
Heusden, Kikkerstraat
Heusden, Kikkerstraat
Heusden, old...
Heusden, old...
Heusden, Hoogstraat
Heusden, Hoogstraat
Heusden, Hoogstraat
Heusden, Hoogstraat
Heusden, carillon town hall
Heusden, carillon town hall
Heusden, old house with shutters
Heusden, old house with shutters
Heusden, vista to Catherijne church
Heusden, vista to Catherijne church
Heusden, liquor shop
Heusden, liquor shop
Heusden, window shopping
Heusden, window shopping
Heusden, a new born inhabitant
Heusden, a new born inhabitant
Heusden, Wittebroodstraat
Heusden, Wittebroodstraat
Heusden, horsy horsy
Heusden, horsy horsy
Heusden, Easter eggs
Heusden, Easter eggs
Heusden, Castle
Heusden, Castle
Heusden, Castle and cath.church
Heusden, Castle and cath.church
Heusden garden
Heusden garden
Heusden canon on rampart
Heusden canon on rampart
Heusden, near Steenweg
Heusden, near Steenweg
Heusden, Demer tower
Heusden, Demer tower
Heusden, Demer
Heusden, Demer
Heusden, old city archives
Heusden, old city archives
Heusden, garden near Carhelijne ch…
Heusden, garden near Carhelijne c…
Heusden, garden off Demer
Heusden, garden off Demer
Heusden, airview
Heusden, airview
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