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Dom Tower of Utrecht

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 19, 2013

Dom Tower of Utrecht

If you spend any length of time in Utrecht you will have ample opportunity to photograph its largest landmark, the Dom Tower (cathedral tower). At 368 meters, it is one of the largest European towers constructed during the 14th century. At one time it was part of the cathedral. However, the unfinished nave collapsed in 1674 and the tower has been free-standing ever since.

It has an impressive carillon of 52 bells. Warning: if you are a light sleeper, do not book a room close to the Dom. Those bells ring all night, playing melodies every hour. I was about a kilometer away, so the noise didn’t bother me, but one of my coworkers came to work looking haggard and mumbling, “The bells, the bells….”

Dom Tower of Utrecht

Dom Tower of Utrecht

Dom Tower of Utrecht

Dom Tower of Utrecht

The next shot was taken from the plaza, which would have originally been inside the nave.

Dom Tower of Utrecht

The remaining cathedral building still has the flat wall where the collapsed nave was closed off.

Cathedral, Utrecht

View of the cathedral from the plaza:

Cathedral, Utrecht

I was playing around with the angles to show the separation of the two buildings.

Dom Tower of Utrecht

dom Tower of Utrecht

Canal in Utrecht

2 Responses to “Dom Tower of Utrecht”

  1. rifestitch said

    Great shots – hard to believe it’s that old! I’d have to stay miles away to sleep 😦

  2. pam said

    Absolutely love that first image. In my favorites!

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