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life in a small Town in Central Netherlands
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Gouda Town Hall
Those white spires in the back is where we are going...
In the spacious triangular Markt of Gouda is an imposing Town Hall, a Late Gothic building (1449-59) which was originally surrounded by a moat. The handsome external staircase in Renaissance style was added in 1603. After undergoing a series of alterations the Town Hall was returned to its original aspect during restoration work carried out between 1947 and 1952. On the east wall is a carillon which rings every half hour, with moving figures representing the granting of the town's charter by Count Floris V in 1272.
Visitors can see the interior. In the Trouwzaal (Marriage Hall) is a 17th century tapestry by David Rufelaer made in Gouda. Tomorrow more on the townhall.
City in the west of the Dutch province Utrecht, founded by the Romans in 40 AD as a castellum at the Northern Fronteer of the Roman Empire. Received city rights in 1372, forensic city for North and South Holland's bigger cities, 33.650 inhabitants.
Woerden Community contains the towns and villages: Harmelen, Kamerik and Zegveld.