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    102. Stadhuisbrug

    102. Town hall bridge

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    103. Victor Consael

    103. Victor Consael

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    105. Het Jodenrijtje

    105. The Jew row

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    106. Willibrord

    106. Willibrord

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    107. Neude

    107. Neude

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    108. Stadhuisbrug

    108. Townhall bridge

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    109. De kariatiden van de Winkel van Sinkel

    109. The caryatids of the Sinkel Shop

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Domstad Architecture - page 4

102. Townhall bridge (Stadhuisbrug)

Stadhuisbrug is a bridge across the Old Canal (Oudegracht) in the city of Utrecht. Besides the townhall various shops are also located at Stadhuisbrug. The pavement of the bridge shows a compass rose.

Stadhuisbrug arose in 1547 by the connection of two older bridges, the (southern) Hidge bridge (Huidenbrug) and the (northern) Bread bridge (Broodbrug), which together form an enclosure. It was formerly known as The Place. Announcements were made on this spot in the old days.

It is one of the most well known squares of the city of Utrecht and is used among others for promotion stands of political parties and street performances. The team picture of soccer team FC Utrecht for the 2001-2002 season was also taken there. The square is also a crossroads of - broadly taken - five streets: the Old canal (Oudegracht) the Goose market (Ganzenmarkt) at the north side, the Old churchyard (Oudkerkhof), the Fish market (Vismarkt) and the Choir street (Choorstraat) at the south side.

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Stadhuisbrug, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Drawing after a picture

103. Victor Consael, Vredenburg

Many people from Utrecht know the pancake shop of the Peace fortress (Vredenburg) where it was found until 2007. Before that Victor Consael was located twenty years on the Neude. A dismountable pancake shop traveled across the country at fairs. It had several owners over the years. The true Victor Consael — waffle baker with that name — came to the Netherlands from Belgium at the end of the 19th century.

Victor was born in 1847 in Henegouwen. His uncle Max Consael was the inventor of the apple beignet and the Brussel waffle. He traveled to fairs in Belgium and the Netherlands with his pastry shop. The MAX waffle booths became a well known concept; it still exists in Oostende. Victor Consael settled in 1884 in Breda and was on his way to Dutch fairs. His brother Charles did the same (the family history is described in depth on the website of Henk Werk).

Victors booth was with 12 by 26 meters the biggest of the Nederlands, devided with te typical ‘chambres separées’ (sit booths). To make an impression Consael named it ‘Etablissement Victor Consael de Paris’ and advertised with ‘veritables beignets aux pommes’, besides waffles and later pancakes. He sometimes went to Utrecht, as in 1905 on a fair on the Vredenburg, next tot competitors booth, the Etablissement Hollandais of D.N. Visser. Live-music was often performed in Consaels booth: Italian opera singers! Perhaps due to his Italian wife Domenica Riozzi.

Source: DUIC.nl

Location: Vredenburg, Utrecht

Drawing after a picture of Henk Werk

105. The Jew row (Jodenrijtje)

Ella and I were walking through the Baker street (Bakkerstraat) from the Old Canal (Oudegracht) to the Stone road (Steenweg). To our surprise we walked by the Jodenrijtje, an alley which I never sar in 70 years. Just by its special name alone worth a drawing. It is not officially a street but it has a name plate.

Around 1976 all houses were demolished for the building of a Hema department shop branch. Except for a 16th century house, a city monument. According to youth friend Moshé Lewkowitz the alley was not Jewish in those days. After the 1599 reformation Jews were still not welcome in Utrecht, just as most cities then. Maarssen was an exception, a "free place" (“vrijplaats”)

You nee a double reflection in this drawing: in the shop window is a reflection of a house at the other side with a window with a reflection. It is more tight than ever: a first successful crossing of 4 colors.

Find my "Wallie”: E --> R in a heart.

Location: Bakkerstraat 10, 3511 RW Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Drawing after a picture

106. Willibrord

The idea of statue of Saint Willibrord found its origin after he died 1200 years ago (in 739). Willibrord cut his cloak into two and gave half of it to a naked beggar. Source of our city flag and heraldic weapon.

Location: Janskerkhof, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Drawing after a picture

107. Neude

The most wellknown square of Utrecht. Sparkling in the summer, an indoor skating track in the winter.

Location: Neude, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Drawing after a picture

108. Town hall bridge (Stadhuisbrug)

See 102. With a stylized Dom tower in a colour which reminds of Utrecht red.

Location: Stadhuisbrug, Utrecht

Drawing after a picture

109. The caryatids of the Sinkel Shop

Cariatides were placed in front when the Sinkel Shop was renovated to 'catering warehouse'. Good friend Tom was deputy head of cultural affairs of the city of Utrecht. He told me that the caryatids were imported from Germany. When they were placed, one of the caryatids fell from the crane. The quay was heavily damaged. Nothing can be seen of that.

Location: Oudegracht 158, 3511 AZ Utrecht

Drawing of a picture from Wikipedia

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