Weekly Photo Challenge: Two Subjects

A Pair
We went to the Catharijne Convent Museum on Sunday as part of the nationwide Museum Weekend. Just outside the museum, I saw these two bicycles (fietsen) and couldn’t resist the shot, with this week’s photo challenge in mind. Sure, it’s the obvious choice for a photo here in the Netherlands, but it’s a classic for a reason.

But then as I turned to head home, I saw this pairing of interesting subjects and couldn’t resist:
Two (Unusual) Objects
It’s the Domtoren (the large Gothic-style bell tower) in the background, which was built between 1254 and 1517. In the foreground is the building on the right with the head of a bull in profile. That is the Kleine Vleeshal (Small Meat Hall) that was built in 1432 for the butchers to sell their wares. That’s a lot of history for just two subjects and all caught in one photo. One very grandiose, and the other very down to earth.

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13 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Two Subjects

  1. Nice second photo, I love that bulls head. Never knew it was a meat hall though, now the head makes more sense πŸ™‚ I think there are more of such animal heads throughout the city, can’t tell you where exactly but I’ve definitely seen more of them.

  2. Haarlem has a very ornate Vleeshal, built to replace a smaller one at the time.
    And doh! I now realise why it’s on Spekstraat. Bacon. Doh!

    • It was just such a funny combination that I couldn’t resist the shot. As for the brick wall, that’s part of the wall that makes up a former convent, so you can imagine it might be a pretty solid brick wall. πŸ˜‰

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