Tuesday, April 25, 2017

U - Utrecht, Netherlands

When one is traveling with the A to Z Challenge in mind, one sometimes has to be creative.  I knew that I would not get to Utrecht, but thought I could blog about it anyway.  Imagine my surprise when I was strolling through the Rijksmuseum and saw this painting.

The Nave and  Choir of the Mariakerk, Utrecht, Pieter Saenredam  (click the link for a larger view)

The Church dates from the 11th century.  The picture was painted in 1641.  The City of Utrecht was established by the Romans in 47 A.D.  It certainly sounds like an interesting place to visit.

We are nearly at the end.  Can you guess what lies ahead?

Bonus:  Hosta 'Blue Umbrellas'

19 comments:

  1. It is a beautiful place! Like your blue umbrellas as well. We jave little wildflowers that grow and the flower part looks a LOT like these. My 5 yr old granddaughter calls them blue bells. I have no idea what their real name is.
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  2. Sorry, forgot what was loaded in "copy" Last sentence should have read: Perspectives at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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  3. Beautiful painting. Love the light.

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    1. If I go back I am definitely visiting the cathedral.

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  4. At first I thought it was a photograph! It is interesting to see what the inside of the church looked like before modern times, we don't get to see that often...

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  5. What a beautiful cathedral... Even after reading "Pillars of the Earth" where Ken Follett describes their building in such detail, I am always amazed at their complexity. We're going to London and a few other places in September. I hope to see some amazing churches!

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    1. I think of that book when I walk into some of these old cathedrals. Amazing what they accomplished.

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  6. Lovely picture-- and plant. Interesting leaves.

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  7. The depth in the painting is fantastic. I find myself gazing into it, wondering how far it goes. Thanks for sharing it!

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  8. What a lovely painting - and how serendipitous to find it. Pretty hosta as well. I'm not sure how effective those umbrellas will be though. :-)

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    1. The leaves are large and they can keep the toads dry.

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    1. NOW you tell me, lol. I have to go back.

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  10. What a wonderful painting! I clicked the link for a larger view and was entranced by the details, not just the cathedral itself, but also the people and the hounds are so lifelike. The Pillars of the Earth is one of my favorite books. I've been fascinated with cathedrals since I read it.

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  11. That looks like quite the building. Really worth a visit if you do go back.

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  12. Pretty painting. I love the arches in the church. WeekendsInMaine

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  13. That is a gorgeous painting! It looks almost three-dimensional. I know what you mean about getting creative for the A to Z. ☺ It is sometimes difficult to fit things to certain letters.

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  14. It is a beautiful painting. It actually seems to invite us in.

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  15. I love this painting from the lighting to the expanse shown with the people dwarfed by the building they are in. Now let's see what X will bring.

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