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A hermit in Utrecht

Posted by on 17 Feb 2014 in Churches, temples, mosques, Holland, Middle Ages, Photo Blog | 0 comments

A hermit in Utrecht

This beautiful statue, in front of the Jacobikerk (St James church) in Utrecht, commemorates Alyt Ponciaens, a 15th century hermit. She lived in a small cell inside the Jacobikerk, filling her days with prayer and contemplation. Hermits like Alyt were common in Holland (and indeed in large parts of Europe) at the time, many cities had one or more, often female, hermits. They were locked in a small cell inside the church, and could follow the mass through a small window. They also got their food trough the window, and people flocked to the...

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Photo Friday: Binnenhof

Posted by on 30 Sep 2011 in Holland, Images of The Hague, Middle Ages, Palace, Photo Blog | 0 comments

Photo Friday: Binnenhof

The Binnenhof (litt. Inner Court) was once the court of the palace of the counts of Holland. It is dominated by the former palace of the counts, the Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights). Most buildings are in use by the Dutch government or parliament. The Ridderzaal is mostly used for official receptions by parliament, and the annual opening of parliament by the...

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How long have they been there

Posted by on 18 Jan 2011 in Graveyard Photography, Graveyard Rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi, Middle Ages, Utrecht City | 0 comments

How long have they been there

The topic for the January 2011 edition of the Graveyard Rabbits Carnival is How long have they been there: This topic was submitted by the Association. Post a photograph of the oldest tombstone in your family collection, your local cemetery, or one you just happened to bump into in your Rabbit travels. That would be the oldest burial date! All the Rabbits will be interested in your fascinating finds. See you at the carnival. The oldest burial date I happened to bump into in my Rabbit travels? There are very old graves in the region:...

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The cenotaph of bishop Joris van Egmond

Posted by on 18 May 2010 in Graveyard Photography, Graveyard Rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi, Middle Ages, Utrecht City | 0 comments

The cenotaph of bishop Joris van Egmond

The Domkerk was once the cathedral of Utrecht, but since the reformation in the 16th century it is a protestant church. Inside there are a few impressive graves and cenotaphs. Today we will have a look at the cenotaph of bishop Joris van Egmond. Joris (or George) van Egmond was born in 1504 in Egmond. He was the son of Count Jan (John) III of Egmond. Joris became bishop of Utrecht in 1534. Bishop Joris died in 1559 in St. Amand (France), where he was buried. His heart was sent to Utrecht and placed in this cenotaph. The cenotaph has the form...

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