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Netherlands

Not a Dutch cheese

Radamer is not a Dutch cheese. It has been produced in Poland since 1991. It was created by accident, as a result of mixing up a battery vaccine. The resulting cheese resembles Mazdamer in taste and large holes, hence the idea for the name. 1)

Little Venice

Giethoorn is called the Venice of the Netherlands. Located in the eastern part of the Netherlands, it was founded around 1230 by a group of Mediterranean refugees. In 1421 it was flooded, since then there are no roads in the old part of Gethoorn, except for bike paths and 175 bridges. Some properties can only be reached by boat. The village became famous after Ben Haanstra filmed the comedy “Fanfare ” there in 1958. In 2015, it became part of the game “Monopoly”. 2)

National anthem

The national anthem of the Netherlands is the oldest song of its kind. The text of the anthem “William of Nassau” was written between 1568 and 1572 in honor of William of Orange to the tune of a French soldier's song. Despite its enduring popularity among the Dutch, it was not officially recognized as an anthem until 1932. 3)

Hr. Ms. Abraham Crijnssen

During the Japanese attack on the United States, Hr. Ms. Abraham Crijnssen was stationed in Dutch East Indies waters. After receiving orders to withdraw to Australia, the ship was fitted with camouflage to disguise it as a section of one of the Pacific islands to avoid detection by Japanese aircraft. After successfully reaching Australian waters in 1942, the ship was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy (as HMAS “Abraham Crijnssen”), where she served as an escort carrier. 4)

Portraying the churches

Pieter Jansz Saenredam was a Dutch painter and printmaker of the late 16th and early 17th centuries, known as the portraitist of churches. Saenredam painted architecture, he was particularly interested in church interiors. His favorite church was the church of St. Bavon in Haarlem, where he was buried; he also painted in Utrecht, Amsterdam, Alkmaar, Rhenen, and Assendelft. He was able to render with pedantry the minutest architectural details of the depicted buildings. 5)

netherlands.txt · Last modified: 2021/09/01 08:27 by aga