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The Dom Tower at Twilight
Utrecht, Netherlands - 2011
Last week, we were in Utrecht's old city center doing errands and taking photos (as we do most of the time when were in the city center). This photo was shot from the parking garage on Springweg - it felt like a good vantage point for this image. As the tower's working clock shows, it was just after 5pm. The parking garage is not as close to the Dom Tower as it seems in the photo; the Dom Tower is simply huge!
The Utrecht Dom Tower (Domtoren), of the Dom Church (Cathedral of Saint Martin, Utrecht), is so large it looms over everything in the city and is the largest cathedral/church tower in the Netherlands - 112.5 metres (368 feet) in height. The tower and the cathedral were built between 1321-1382 (14th century) on the spot where the city of Utrecht originated, over 2,000 years ago, under Roman rule. I think it's a beautiful Gothic structure, from every side, in every light and in all seasons.
I have, in the past, climed to the top of the tower - though that was 11 years ago! Visitors can take a guided tour of the inside of the tower which takes you to different levels/rooms within the tower, including the level with the carillon bells (the bells are also enormous and they work beautifully). It's quite a climb up spiralling, ancient, stone steps - 465 steps , to be exact! Once you get to the carillon level, you then take a set of really small, narrow stone steps, spiralling up one more level, and out to just above the bells. At the top level, you can view out over the city & province of Utrecht, from all sides of the tower.
It's said that on a really clear day, you can see all the way to Amsterdam and Rotterdam ...