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Muiderslot / Castle Muiden

Muiderslot / Castle Muiden
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Copyright: Joop Schotsman (joopschotsman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 884 W: 2 N: 1057] (6930)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-08
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-R1
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-09 11:19
Viewed: 2294
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Muiderslot is a castle in the Netherlands, located at the mouth of the river Vecht, some 15 kilometers southeast of Amsterdam, where it flows into what used to be the Zuiderzee. It's one of the better known castles in the Netherlands and has been featured in many television shows set in the Middle Ages.

The history of the Muiderslot (Castle Muiden, where muiden means rivermouth) begins with Count Floris V who built a stone castle at the mouth of the river back in 1280, when he gained command over an area that used to be part of the See of Utrecht. The River Vecht was the trade route to Utrecht, one of the most important tradetowns of that age. The castle was used to enforce a toll on the traders. It is a relatively small castle, measuring 32 by 35 metres with brick walls well over 1.5 metres thick. A large moat surrounded the castle.

A hundred years later, in 1370, the castle was rebuilt on the same spot according to the same plan, by Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria, who at that time was also the Count of Holland and Zeeland.

The next famous owner of the castle shows up in the 16th century, when P.C. Hooft (1581-1647), a famous author, poet and historian took over sheriff and bailiff duties for the area (Het Gooiland). For 39 years he spent his summers in the castle and invited friends, scholars, poets and painters such as Vondel, Huygens, Bredero and Maria Tesselschade, over for visits. This group became known as the Muiderkring. He also extended the garden and the (plum-) orchard, while at the same time an outer earthworks defense system was put into place.

At the end of the 18th century, the castle was first used as a prison, then abandoned and became derelict. Further neglect caused it to be offered for sale in 1825, with the purpose of it being demolished. Only intervention by King William I prevented this. Another 70 years went by until enough money was gathered to restore the castle in its former glory.

The Muiderslot is currently a national museum (Rijksmuseum). The insides of the castle, its rooms and kitchens, have been restored to look like they did in the 17th century and several of the rooms now house a good collection of arms and armour.

Stichting Rijksmuseum Muiderslot
Herengracht 1 1398 AA Muiden T 0294-256262
E-mail : [email protected]

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Beautifully sharp fairy tale castle. Awesome photo. Great POV, great contrasts and colors. TFS

Sjee wat een boel.... info.. hihi
volgens mij heb ik net zoveel geschreven bij mijn foto van het Muiderslot (april 2006!)

Een prachtig plaatje Joop... Helemaal in balans.

Lovely place to dwell eh Joop?
Nice image, good balance. I like your angle and composition!


Hello Joop.
Very nice photo,looks like a post card.
Colours,capture are great.Well done.
Best regards

* Piotr *

Wat een verrassing! Prachtige plaat van ons Nederlandse erfgoed. Prachtig in alle opzichten. Niets meer aan doen ;)

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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2007-04-09 16:39]
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Prachtih slot in de lentezon!

Hi Joop,
This is a beautiful castle which you have captured really well. I have to agree with other TLers that it looks very much like a postcard. The detail is nice and sharp, and the colours are natural. Well done!
Kind regards, Bev :-)

Hello Joop,

Beautiful castle, sharp and well composed. TFS


Joop, hele goede afbeelding van het Muiderslot - leuk dat de kale boom ook in beeld is, weet je dat ondanks de zon de zomer nog niet is begonnen.
De kinderen vonden vroeger die kanonskogels nog het meest interessante.
Een kasteel geeft toch altijd wel een sprookjesachtig gevoel. Heerlijk.
Dank je,

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2007-04-10 6:12]
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Hallo Joop Oude architectuur en vooral kastelen doen het altijd goed.
Iets meer contrast had van mij gemogen maar dat is persoonlijk.
Gr Jos

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2007-04-10 12:59]
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Hi Joop
Wonderful POV of this old castle also you pov shows us the open red gate to enter!... I can see why tv uses it..


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  • vtd_k Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 0 N: 128] (1270)
  • [2007-04-15 4:56]
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Hi Joop,
Beautiful and very clear photo of the building!
Good compo and nice color!


Prima touristen lokker Joop. En ook ik wil daar nog steeds eens heen Groet

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  • JYB Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 47 W: 7 N: 144] (3888)
  • [2007-04-15 9:54]
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Hi Joop,

Realy well taken. Your shoot is excerllent, the perspevtive, the angle, the small tree fence, the door open in fact all is there for a great picture. By the way thanks for your nice comments.


Hoi Joop
Zo joh, ik zie jouw naam vaak bij mijn vrienden,JohnT Josine en Vandana, dus je hoort erbij:-) Nou je weet ze te schieten Joop, ook deze hier! Mooi man!

Hello Joop

This castle looks straight out of a Fairytale. Wonderful lighting and colours.The image is well focused with good details.TFS


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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2007-11-10 12:06]

Een zeer geslaagde foto van het slot Joop.want ik weet als geen ander hoe moeilijk het is om het er wat leuks van te maken in die kale bende daar met die vreselijke spotlampen in de plomp...........zonde terwijl het kasteel zo mooi is.
Goed gedaan Joop.

Beautiful castle...like something you see in a Disney movie. The colors are really nice and you have a good POV here. TFS!

Kind regards,

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