Monday, 8 June 2009
that's My World, ABC Wednesday U for Utrecht.
The pictures of the first video are not mine, they are taken from Google.
The university of the city of Utrecht, The Netherlands, is is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands and one of the largest in Europe. . It was established March 26, 1636,
The university's motto is "Sol Iustitiae Illustra Nos", which means "Sun of Justice, shine upon us"
Utrecht University is firmly founded on tradition. The University, which recently celebrated its 365th anniversary, has developed into one of Europe's largest and most prominent institutes of research and education. With 14 faculties, and 70 degree courses, which are attended by more than 20.000 students, Utrecht University offers a wider range of subjects than any other university in the Netherlands.
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Utrecht is the city where I attended the training college for teachers. In April I met a friend, whom I hadn't seen for a long time, at the Central Station of Utrecht and we started to walk to the town centre. From a distance we could see the Dom Tower, which dominates the city. The weather was just fine and we availed ourselves of the opportunaty to have a lunch outside, like many others did. Lateron we walked in the direction of the church, the tower of which is separated from the church.
The Dom Tower (Cathedral Tower, Dutch: Domtoren) of Utrecht is the tallest church tower in the Netherlands, at 112.5 metres (368 feet) in height, and the Gothic-style tower is the symbol of the city. The tower was part of the Cathedral of Saint Martin, Utrecht, also known as Dom Church, and was built between 1321 and 1382, to a design by John of Hainaut. The cathedral was never fully completed due to lack of money. Since the unfinished nave collapsed in 1672 the Dom tower became a free standing tower.
The tower stands at the spot where the city of Utrecht originated almost 2,000 years ago.
St. Martin's Cathedral, Utrecht, or Dom Church (Dutch: Domkerk) was the cathedral of the diocese of Utrecht during the Middle Ages. Once the country's largest church and only cathedral, dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours, it has been a Protestant church since 1580. The building is the one church in the Netherlands that closely resembles the classic Gothic style as developed in France. All other Gothic churches in the Netherlands belong to one of the many regional variants. Unlike most of its French predecessors, the Dom Church has only one tower, the 112 m (368 ft) high Dom Tower, which is the hallmark of the city.
After our walk in Utrecht we went back to Central Station, which is a town in itself, with a shopping centre and restaurants. We both took a train in the opposite direction, promising each other to see each other soon again!
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