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The Oldest City in Holland

By Linda Tancs

Located in the western Netherlands, the medieval city of Dordrecht is Holland’s oldest city and ancient capital.   Its attractions are easily navigable via numerous bicycling paths, which isn’t at all surprising considering that the nation has more bikes than residents.  One of the oldest dwellings is ‘t Zeepaert, adorned with a decorative Gothic stepped gable of Belgian blue limestone.  Augustijnenkerk is an old abbey church dating from the 1200s with 200 tombstones, including that of Dutch painter Aelbert Cuyp.  A city of harbors and monuments, Voorstraatshaven forms its backbone.  Among all of its attractions, perhaps nothing is as monumental as the full-sized replica of Noah’s Ark, a museum that retells the biblical saga.  The unsinkable dream of builder Johan Huibers features commanding views of the Merwede River and the city.

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