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Old April 29th, 2010, 12:51 PM   #1
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Sittard, the Netherlands



Sittard (in the local dialect Zitterd) is located near the Dutch-German border in the east and the Dutch-Belgian border in the west, in Limburg province. It is an industrial town with a rather small but very charming historic centre. The railway station is situated in the west, very close to the "voorstad" (compare German "Vorstadt"), an old steet that leads into the walled old town. This is a shopping street nowadays.


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In the walled town you find lovely old streets and alleyways.

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Strange mixture of classicism and Amsterdam School.

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The so-called Sint-Petrus' stoel van Antiochiëkerk (Church of Saint-Peter's chair at Antioch) is a medieval parish church, built in a gothic style.

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Around the church there are idyllic houses and a charming local pub.

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From the church a street leads towards the Oude Markt, the Old Market, that is not a square, but a broad street with an imposant 19th century basilica in it.

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Renovation works.

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The old street, a little chapel...

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Now, the real Markt, a beautiful square with historic buildings and nice pubs, was not far anymore.

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The Markt is the very heart of Sittard.

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Gable stones are very typical for Dutch cities.

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The main shopping streets are in the southern parts of the walled town. This part of Sittard is not as well-preserved as the streets around the church and the market square, but still you find some old houses and even a small parish chruch, used by the protestant minority in catholic Sittard.

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The old wall is a green ring around the centre, a lovely place to relax or walk the dog.

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A Sittard skyline!

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Back in the old town...

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...the Markt is the place to be!

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Old April 29th, 2010, 06:19 PM   #2
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A very pleasant looking town.
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Old April 29th, 2010, 07:24 PM   #3
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Really good, very nice photos from this town Sittard
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Charming city. I liked it.

Great photos
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this is indeed a one charmingly cute city!
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Cool pics Plaas.
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