Maastricht is the administrative center of the Dutch province of Limburg, located, as you might guess, on the Meuse River.
The city, by European standards, is not so small (about 120 thousand inhabitants), but surprisingly cozy. There are no standard high-rise buildings and a lively car traffic. Even modern houses are built of the same brown stone as many centuries ago.
Well, perhaps, with closer examination this
material will be an imitation of a stone, but the style is
The historical part of Maastricht has remained practically untouchable.
At times, a string of brown houses looks pretty dull, but I think it's just because of the bad weather (there was always a small rain). And not all houses are completely dark - on the streets larger than this is not. Apparently, more prosperous citizens could afford to decorate their homes.
Maastricht has preserved a huge number of churches of different Christianity.
In one of them (apparently, for the lack of parishioners) even arranged a book market. Now inside it's just a big hall under a huge dome, decorated with frescoes.
One of the main attractions is the Servaasbrug - the bridge of St. Servatius. Servatius is a very significant figure in the history of the city - he was the first bishop who chose Maastricht residence and in general, most likely the first bishop in these parts. (IV century)
By the way, all this architectural wealth speaks about the importance of the
city in the Middle Ages.
What can I say, if, in his time, he was besieged by D'Artagnan himself (and the literary hero, and his prototype). He besieged and besieged, and here he was killed. And the grateful Maastrichtians erected a monument. :)
The remains of old walls are very often found, sometimes even later
constructions are built in them. But it's in the depths of the city - most
likely already built up unused sections of the walls. And the bulk of the
defensive lines and now looks very impressive.
High walls with watchtowers facing the river, as the most dangerous direction.
Despite the dense development, even in the center quite a lot of greenery. At the site of the former zoo is now just a park with free-walking geese and different ruminants in beehives.
I really liked Maastricht. I'd love to come again for a longer time.
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