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Amersfoort in the Netherlands, a mini Amsterdam you should visit

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Amersfoort in the Netherlands

Amersfoort in the Netherlands has a long mercantile history, in 1500 and in the following centuries it owed its wealth to the tobacco, wool and beer trade. Now you can still find some of that wealth, and there are several major merchant houses left.

The city has about 200,000 inhabitants and is therefore not a very small place, but it has the advantage of having almost everything you should have in a historic centre that you can walk around safely. In fact, in the old town, in addition to the canals, you can also see about 300 old buildings, all very characteristic of the period of the economic boom in the Netherlands.

Like other places in the Netherlands and Belgium this is a mini Amsterdam. We know with certainty that the area was inhabited since 1000 BC but we know it as a city only from 1100 onwards. Similar to the English ford, foort means ford on the river and in fact here is the Eem river which was once called Amer. There are therefore no mysteries about the origin of the name. 

In any case, before becoming an important city for international trade, it was a medieval walled city and you can still find many traces of this past. Of the old medieval walls three gates still survive, all from the 1300s and 1400s.

The Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk was once an important Gothic church, part of its importance was that it marked the exact centre of the Netherlands. The church was destroyed by a gunpowder explosion in 1700 but the tower still remains and even today it is still used as the geographic centre of the town. If you want to take the 346 steps to admire the view, the tower is still open to the public.

In Amersfoort there is also another old church the Sint Joriskerk or St. George’s church. A medieval church from the 1200s and the 1400s, you can also climb the tower here and every hour in front of the facade you can see a mechanical Saint George coming out to kill the dragon.

Amersfoort has several museums including a major art gallery, where you will find many temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.

Amersfoort in the Netherlands is also famous for being the birthplace of the painter Piet Mondrian and it is remembered with a museum located right in the house where he was born.

Part of the pleasure of visiting Amersfoort is wandering around the historic centre, strolling along the canals and sitting down for a drink in one of the many bars. There is obviously no shortage of restaurants.

How to get to Amersfoort in the Netherlands?

Very easy to reach from anywhere in Holland by train, it is close to Utrecht and only 35 minutes by train from Amsterdam.

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The new Munch Museum in Oslo opens in October 2021

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It will open on Oct 22nd this year. The new Munch Museum in Oslo will have  11 exhibition halls, concert and conferences spaces, a panoramic terrace, bars and restaurants, as well as a large bookshop and various lounge areas, where you can take a break or have a chat. The new Oslo museum, is aiming to become a dynamic cultural centre. The new buildings if five times larger than the previous one. 

The project has been the target of harsh criticism related, above all, to the aesthetics of the building, a structure which, according to many, would be cold and clumsy. Beyond the aesthetic aspects, it is worth underlining the architects’ commitment and attention to sustainability issues. 

Obviously, the figure of the artist Edvard Munch , from which it takes its name, will be told and enhanced through different approaches and multiple points of view. The new museum will also present the work of other Norwegian artists in a more comprehensive way, says the press release.

The new Munch Museum is being financed by the Oslo City Council and will be located in the city centre, not far from the National Museum of Art .

The large exhibition program designed to enhance the immense heritage museum consisting of over 26. 000 works of art, including paintings, sketches, graphics, drawings and sculptures made by Munch himself, as well as an infinity of his personal items, letters and photographs. 

New acquisitions will support and enrich both the permanent exhibition and new temporary exhibitions, which will thus remain open to the public throughout the year. The permanent exhibition presents a representative selection from the approximately 60 works of art related to Munch’s early artistic attempts.

After the opening, we will not only see a collection exhibited by themes in the sections “Infinite”, “Up close”, “Huge”, “Stenersen” and “All is life “. There will also be the work of contemporary artists compared with Munch, starting with the exhibition “ Tracy Emin / Edvard Munch. The solitude of the spirit “.

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What is that spire outside Charing Cross station in London?

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Maybe you don’t know what that kind of gothic spire is in front of Charing Cross station in London. Don’t worry we explain everything here. Edward I was a king of England in the thirteenth century and was known for his lavish lifestyle. He loved to spend money and had a fondness for extravagant items such as jewellery and tapestries. His wife, Eleanor of Castile, died in 1290 advertisement Harby near Lincoln. Charing Cross is one of twelve crosses called Eleanor Cross that the king had built to mark where his wife’s funeral procession stopped.

The cross was destroyed in the year 1647 by the Puritans during the English Civil War. After the construction of Charing Cross station in 1865, a reproduction of Eleanor Cross was created and placed outside the station and not in its original place in Trafalgar Square where the equestrian sculpture dedicated to Carlo.

The reproduction was created by the architect EM Barry himself who built the railway station. He used uncommon images available from the original. at the top, there are eight images of Eleonora, 4 as a queen, with imperial symbols and 4 represented as a Christian. Below are curved angels and shields with royal weapons and those of Ponthieu, Castile and Leon, all copied from still extant Eleanor Crosses who were at Waltham Cross and Northampton.

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Incredible painted medieval village

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Every so often you hear of a wonderful place for the first time and you wonder how you had never heard of it before.  Today we are talking of a medieval village found near Bologna, in Emilia-Romagna in Northern Italy. 

The Medieval Village of Dozza

In fact, the walls of the buildings and situations are completely covered with artistic work and frescoes. We are talking about an open-air museum, where we can admire drawings, colours and paintings that are quite magical.

 

If you are near Bologna go and see Dozza

It has a beautiful historic centre and a castle called Rocca Sforzesca with beautiful halls. There is also a beautiful church and the food is to die for. Dozza also hosts a couple of food festivals every year, food is very important here. ior54kl mrior587io

Every two years in September there is a festival when artists paint the walls of the houses.  The Biennale del Muro Dipinto.is the most important event in Dozza. In four days of September, famous national and international artists perform permanent works on the walls of the houses of the small town, giving it the peculiar characteristic of an open-air art gallery. Dozza has been inhabited for thousands of years, it was a Celtic village before the arrivals of the Romans. 

 

 

 

 

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