I haven’t done a Time Travel post in quite a while, and while this isn’t quite the same format as I’ve done in the past, it does include going back further in time. You see, I’ve been exploring a great website (and Facebook and Twitter account), Bouw van de Domtoren (building of the Domtoren). What they’re doing is rendering 3D images of the various stages of construction of the Domtoren, as well as what the general area looked like with the many buildings that once stood there.
One of the pictures that I saw today really blew me away. It was a rendering of the gate in the picture above, but with a view into the Bishop’s Palace that once stood there.
You see, the Bishop’s Palace is no more. That area is now a small garden with a palm tree! I knew about the Bishop’s Palace — Utrecht was a bishopric city — but I never knew what the buildings actually looked like. This is what the garden, now known as Flora’s Hof, looks like now.
Equally interesting is how close it all is to the Domtoren. You can see in the following photo just how close the gate is to the Domtoren, which is the massive structure running up the left of the photo.
I need to go back and do some proper translation and figure out some timelines to better understand all of the dates, but I thought I’d at least share the reconstruction and the website so that those who are interested can look through it all for themselves. It also reminds me that I need to read more about the Salvatorkerk that originally stood in the Domplein.