As I told you before, during the old days Dordrecht traded primarily in wine, wood and cereals. In some places you can still see old bollards, where ships were moored. In my mind I see the old ropes swing around it.











It all happened under the eye of ‘de Grote Kerk’ of Dordrecht. In 1572, four years into the Dutch Revolt, representatives of all the cities of Holland, with the exception of Amsterdam, as well as the Watergeuzen, represented by William II de la Marck, gathered in Dordrecht to hold the Eerste Vrije Statenvergadering (“First Assembly of the Free States”), also known as the Unie van Dordrecht (“Union of Dordrecht”). This secret meeting, called by the city of Dordrecht, was a rebellious act since only King Philip II or his stadtholder, at that time the Duke of Alva, were allowed to call a meeting of the States of Holland.

From November 13, 1618 to May 9, 1619, an important Dutch Reformed Church assembly took place in Dordrecht, referred to as the Synod of Dordrecht.[9] The synod attempted, and succeeded, to settle the theological differences of opinion between the central tenets of Calvinism, and a new school of thought within the Dutch Reformed Church known as Arminianism, named for its spiritual leader Jacobus Arminius. Arminius’ followers were also commonly known as Remonstrants, after the 1610 Five Articles of Remonstrance which outlined their points of dissent from the church’s official doctrine. They were opposed by the Contra-Remonstrants, or the Gomarists, who were led by Dutch theologian Franciscus Gomarus.

Due to the opening times from April – October I cannot show any light or shadow from the inside of the church. As I was told, a long time ago, in order to catch the light: “you have to look for the shadows”. So I did (as usual).











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