Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Hague 12. Hollandia

Hollandia, the proud symbol of The Netherlands. This is old; it's placed on the 'Prisoners Gate'. A former entry gate to the city. It is the place where the state kept its prisoners. The English equivalent would be the Tower (it's really small though). A famous man of Woerden stayed there before he was burned on a stake. More about that later.

The second picture is located opposite of the gate that used to be the place where people were publicly hanged, burned or tortured to death. The statue resambles Johan de Witt. He was murdered there by an angry mob in 1672, a complot of Royalists against Republicans. Prince William III of Orange had a dubious role in this.. read more here.

3 comments:

m_m said...
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m_m said...

Again Hague and again great photos!
Absolutely magnificant city!

Babooshka said...

You really do convey the history.