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 observed impeccably.
The historical part of Maastricht has remained practically untouchable.
Church of St. Matthias (XIV century)
Street in the center
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.
Street in the center
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.
Fraithhof Square with the Cathedral of St. John (Sint-Janskerk XIV century) and the basilica of St. Servas (X-XIII century)
Basilica Onze Live Frau (X-XIV century)
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)
Bridge of St. Servatius (XIII century)
House (XVII 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. :)
Monument of D'Artagnan
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.
A section of a wall with a city gate
City Gate (XIII century)
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.