dinsdag 12 november 2013

City of Weesp

When we drive to Amsterdam on the highway we always pass some sideways we never use but last Sunday we decided to make a turn to the right and visit a small town Weesp we didn't know very well and is situated not far from Amsterdam. It has a protected historical center with canals and many buildings dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth century. This City Hall dates from 1776 but is now in use as a museum and for weddings and other official proceedings.

We decided to visit the museum and were stunned by the interior of the building, I suppose this is the room where the weddings take place.

With the sun shining bright you could see the decorations very well.

In 1974 the city council decided to make a proper museum when an important gift of porcelain was given from the legacy of Baron Van Heeckeren van Walien. This porcelain collection is now exhibited in the former council meeting room. The Weesper porcelain had been produced in the city for a long time.

The staircase looked beautiful.

In the hall below is a Vierschaar, a historical term for a tribunal in the Netherlands. The term means literally "foursquare", so called for the four-square dimensions of the benches in use by the sitting judges.

 In the cellar were two very small imprisonment cells without daylight and a "toilet" in the corner.

12 opmerkingen:

  1. ioooohhhhhh, how funny!! this is where i come from!!
    i think weesp is really cute.. did you know that the city hall in your first picture was built as a "practice" model for the palace on the dam in amsterdam?

    1. No I didn't know that but noticed the similarity indeed and said so to hubby.

  2. Very interesting piece of history - I am glad you took that other turn. The photos are lovely and very beautiful - the small imprisonment cell not so delightful. Great Post.

  3. I know I'm repeating myself but I'm always amazed at how the old buildings are kept. Now it doesn't hurt that you take excellent photos of the old historic buildings. thanks.

  4. Dearest Marianne,
    What a great detour you took and what surprise to find this kind of building. Great architecture and also inside it looks lovely. What struck me is that it is built the same year that the United States of America signed the Declaration of Independence.
    Thanks for sharing these rare treasures! History and Architecture combined in the best way.

  5. A beautiful building...lovely shadows. Do not think I would like to have spent even a day in the jail cell. Beautiful marble and ornamentation.

  6. wow, gorgeous, Bieb (except for the last photo!!)
    The vaulted ceilings of that wood room are incredible!!!

  7. Gosh how beautiful is that second shot Marianne, how nice to get married in a venue like this..but how awful to be in the dungeons knowing all that splendor was above you!

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