From Holland with Love, day 27: Dom Under

The city of Utrecht was established in four era’s. 2,000 years ago it formed the northern boundary of the Roman empire; the Romans established a ‘castellum’ here. 700 years later the first catholic priest arrived and set up a monastery on top of the castellum; they were chased away by the Normans. Around 950 the famous priest Bonifacius arrived and established a new church, on top of the former one. And 500 years later the current gothic Dom Church was built on top of that, which survived the iconoclasm, but part of it was destroyed by a tornado in 1647. Recently the foundations of all four successive buildings were rediscovered and laid bare. They can be visited in an underground excursion called ‘Dom Under’. As we do.
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All four foundations on top of each other

All four foundations on top of each other

This steam art work marks the boundaries of the Roman Castellum

This steam art work marks the boundaries of the former Roman Castellum

The Dom Church is still the flag ship of the city of utrecht

The Dom Church is still the flag ship of the city of utrecht

A cartoon untranslatable into English (believe me, it is naughty and funny)

A cartoon about Dom Under untranslatable into English (believe me, it is naughty and funny)

After so much information one needs a drink

After so much information one needs a drink

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