So this post isn’t for any of you Europeans reading. It’s for my American friends.
I saw a castle today. A true blue castle. With a moat and everything!
Now all you European readers are probably rolling your eyes. But you do realize that we don’t have castles anywhere in any of the Americas. Except for Sleeping Beauty’s castle at Disneyland, which is wonderful and quite magical. But a for reals one. That’s awesome!
Anyway, we went to the Muiderslot, which, yes, sounds a little like Murderslot. But I assure you it’s not. It’s actually quite beautiful and has a very interesting history.
So I’m just going to post some pics for you guys.
***So for those of you interested, in other words, Krissy, here’s a bit of history.
The castle was originally commissioned and built by Count Floris V in the 1200s. Count Floris V is apparently an extremely influential figure in Dutch history, there’s been 2 movies made about him, Dutch movies that is. But I wasn’t able to learn enough about him to figure out what made him so important. Anyway, he was killed by an army, or something like an army, from Utrecht (go Utrecht!) and the castle was then destroyed by the conquerers. The castle had been in a very strategic location where merchants had to pass through in order to get to Utrecht via the river Vecht. It was later rebuilt in the same spot and with the same blueprints, and housed the bailiff and sheriff of the surrounding area. It’s most famous inhabitant was P.C. Hooft, a famous writer and poet who is described as the Dutch Shakespeare. He lived there in the late 1500s/early 1600s, where Muiderslot became well known as a meeting place for all the distinguished Dutch artists, writers, and poets of the day. In the 1800s it fell into disrepair and was nearly demolished until the last minute intervention of the king of the Netherlands himself, King William I, saved it from destruction. It has since been restored several times and eventually became a national museum. In fact if you look at the pictures you can see that they’re currently working on some renovation in the back part. I know this is super short and maybe not terribly interesting, but given what I can remember, filled in with rough dates, it’s the best I can do.