Murals at the Heart of Utrecht

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Once again, surfing the net, I find that our friends in Italy have come up with news of our fair city. They have an alternative proposal to discover the most hidden corners of “the beautiful Dutch city Utrecht,” which is a tour of the murals.

Writing for La Stampa turismo.it Swami Flaminia has visited and found even more modern day artistic wonders in Utrecht. What trhey found was a vibrant city in the centre of the Netherlands, Utrecht is the vital and throbbing heart of the country. It has always been considered a religious centre and is characterized by an ancient medieval part, Christian monuments and a historical university. It boasts charming canals with characteristic cellars and tables along the docks, perfect solution to savour and drink something directly on the water’s edge. The Flemish architecture of the palaces and the canals that cross the city certainly remind Amsterdam, but its atmosphere is more intimate and less touristy, so it is more relaxing.

As Swami Flaminia continues:

“The city is built around the Dom tower, visible from every angle and point of reference for inhabitants and visitors. 112 meters high, the Dom toren is the oldest and tallest bell tower in the whole of Holland: it was built in the second half of the 1300s and has 13 bells. To admire the beautiful surrounding panorama you have to climb 465 steps. The interior monasterial courtyard of the Cathedral remains hidden from the structure of the church itself, and is one of the most beautiful examples of inner courtyards throughout the Netherlands. Presents elements of medieval art enriched by the lush greenery of as many as 140 specimens of plants and shrubs. Among the interesting monuments and museums to visit, the Speelklok museum stands out , with its display of automatic musical instruments such as street organs and perfectly functioning musical boxes; the Central Museum, which exhibits an art collection that ranges from fashion to design; the Paushuize , the home of the only Dutch Pope Adrian VI. The Stadskasteel Oudaen is a castle in the heart of the city that played an important role in its history, now houses a restaurant. But it is the Castello De Haar, not far from the city centre, one of the most famous monuments: it is in fact the largest in the country and has 30 bathrooms and 200 rooms. What was the historic botanical garden today is a splendid museum-garden belonging to the University of Utrecht.”

So the plan is to go on a tour and see all the street art that Utrecht has to show. Because they are all in public spaces, this is what the artists want.

“Utrecht is rich in murals and graffiti, enriched not only by images of poems and photographs. A Street Art Tour organized by “Greetings from Utrecht”  It is a walking route to the centre, led by a local that illustrates the works of art of the city, from the most famous to the less known. It is an opportunity to find out more about the history of Utrecht and its neighbourhoods, as well as the life and activity of local artists. The tour is a new way to visit the city in a totally new and original way, visiting places often little known by tourists. The 90-minute tour can be done either on foot or by bike: the one on foot passes through the city centre, while the bicycle route reaches the districts outside the city centre.”

For more news and a selection of articles about Utrecht, why not log on to their website? www.turismo.it/oltreconfine/articolo/art/titolo-id-19443/

 

 

 

 

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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