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Old December 5th, 2005, 12:01 PM   #1
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Utrecht - Netherlands

UTRECHT



History:A Roman army camp, Trajectum ad Rhenum, founded 50 B.C., formed the first occupation of Utrecht. In November 2002 the excavations at De Meern were crowned with the traces of a very early Roman watch tower and a well preserved ship - a second ship has been spotted in June 2003 -, showing the Old Rhine river near Utrecht as a part of the limes, the Roman frontier system. In November 2004 a Roman house has been excavated. Relatively little is known from the post-Roman period until the 9th century. In the Frankish period Utrecht became an episcopal see, but fearing the Vikings the bishops lived for decades at Deventer. Dorestad on the Rhine was more important. At Utrecht apart from the two cathedral chapters ("Doppelkathedral"), St. Martin's and Salvator, three other chapters developed in the 11th century: St. Mary's, St. John's and St. Peter's.
The 12th century brought rapid growth for the town. The bishop was also a secular ruler, not only in the present province of Utrecht but also in parts of Guelders and Overijssel. The Utrecht merchants won important rights of him in 1122. Four parish churches were founded: Maria Minor (Buurkerk), St. James', St. Nicholas' and St. Gertrude's. Thus Utrecht was both an ecclesiastical and a commercial centre. In the early 14th century the guilds gained for a short period power in the city. In this century one started to build the gothic cathedral (Dom) and its mighty tower. Dozens of convents peopled the city. The Centraal Museum, the main municipal museum, is housed in the former St. Agnes' convent. The Catharijneconvent houses now a well known museum for religious art. The bishop of Utrecht quarreled often with the counts of Holland and Guelders. Burgundy gained influence over Utrecht in the 15th century. In 1528 the city lost its independence, and the bishop was not any longer a secular prince, too.
From 1566 the Reformation won slowly the field, especially after the death of the last archbishop in 1580. From 1559 on Utrecht had been an archdiocese. From the largest town in the Northern Low Countries Utrecht dwindled into a regional centre. The Union of Utrecht on religious tolerance was signed in 1579 in the cathedral chapter hall. The foundation of a university in 1634 brought new life to the city. In 1713 the Peace of Utrecht was signed to end the Spanish war of succession. A conflict on doctrine and hierarchy within the Dutch Catholic mission led in 1723 to the Utrecht Schism. Eventually this became the starting point for the Old Catholic Church.
In 1853 Utrecht became again the see of the archbishop with the reintroduction of the Roman-Catholic hierarchy. Only late in the 19th century industry gained momentum in and around Utrecht. The coming of the railways, the new canal (Merwedekanaal) of 1892, the Trade Fair [Jaarbeurs] from 1916 on, the many central offices, for instance of the Dutch Railroads, of banks and insurance companies, and the vastly expanded university made Utrecht into a centre of business services and exchange of knowledge. The construction of the large shopping centre Hoog Catharijne (1970) opened eyes for the preservation of many monuments in the inner city. The extraordinary Roman tower, road, bridge, ship sand harbour will be preserved in an archaeological park in the heart of the new suburb Leidsche Rijn.







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Old December 5th, 2005, 12:03 PM   #2
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Old December 5th, 2005, 12:39 PM   #3
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Old December 5th, 2005, 04:26 PM   #4
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4/10 Yes, i'm orginal!
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Old December 5th, 2005, 05:22 PM   #5
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Lekkere landverraders jullie


Das tog een 10 waard sjakie's.

My hometown. A 10/10
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Old December 5th, 2005, 05:35 PM   #6
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There's no skyline........
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Old December 5th, 2005, 07:32 PM   #7
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Old December 5th, 2005, 08:59 PM   #8
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SKYline


just a line.
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Old December 5th, 2005, 10:20 PM   #9
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No skyline, 2/10.
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Old December 6th, 2005, 12:01 AM   #10
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Rather average skyline but some nice buildings 6/10
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Old December 6th, 2005, 05:57 PM   #11
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Old December 7th, 2005, 04:33 PM   #12
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Old December 11th, 2005, 11:54 AM   #13
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Unlike there isn't much of a skyline (yet) I have a few pictures from Utrecht, partly made from my former studentappartment.
It's a very pretty city, with 275.000 inhabitants, but there is some work to do with building highrises. Come on Dubai, inspire us!
A lot of moaning from some Dutch people, BTW. I think it's one of the most beautiful cities of Holland!

After these few pictures,more will follow from the centre.


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Old December 11th, 2005, 12:49 PM   #14
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Yeah...As people already said...no skyline....

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Old December 11th, 2005, 02:55 PM   #15
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No density, no height, no skyline. That makes 4/10. Anyone who votes 10 isn't fair.
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Old December 11th, 2005, 03:20 PM   #16
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There is no skyline yet and I doubt that there will ever be one. Altough the city has a very nice centre, I give Utrecht a 5/10.
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Old December 11th, 2005, 11:07 PM   #17
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4! for always appearing in my list to memorize in history subject.
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Old December 11th, 2005, 11:16 PM   #18
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Very pretty. Why so many 4/10 ? Does a city need a skyline to be pleasant ? Most cities don't even have one.

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Old December 13th, 2005, 08:02 PM   #19
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more line and sky, then skyline..
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Old December 13th, 2005, 08:16 PM   #20
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Not very high, but fabulous density. 10/10!

Within 10 years a world class skyline.
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