Thursday, 15 September 2016

Pyramid of Austerlitz

Somewhere in The Netherlands Napoleon's soldiers built a real pyramid. It is made of earth, covered with grass and 36 metres high. Atop the pyramid you can see a stone obelisk. General Marmont, commander of the French-Batavian army, was a great admirer of Napoleon and built the monument in 1804 as a tribute. 

Zo hoog
Ergens in Nederland staat de piramide van Austerlitz. Gebouwd op een van de hoogste punten van de Utrechtse Heuvelrug. Ik was er nog nooit geweest. En dat terwijl we er vrij dichtbij wonen. We gingen er vorige week zaterdag heen. Ik was echt niet van plan om hem te beklimmen. Toch gedaan ... Dat ik zoiets weer kan doen is echt een wonder, na al die heupklachten. Daar dank ik God voor.
 
Pyramide van Austerlitz
 
Good Fences :-)
Near the pyramid is a visitor centre interpreting the period of French rule in the Netherlands. My husband an I climbed to the top of the pyramid. So glad my hip injury has healed now. Thank you, LORD! So I can show you the high staircase with handrail of COR-TEN steel (rust-like appearance). In a flat country like Netherlands a pyramid of such gigantic dimensions would appear to be a veritable mountain :-) 

Ver kijken!
Er is ook een klein gebouwtje, zoals in de Franse tijd. We beklommen de piramide. Je ziet mij naar beneden gaan op de stalen trap. Naar beneden viel wel mee ondanks dat ik hoogtevrees heb. Maar omhoog, dat was een hele klim in de brandende zon. De trap is gemaakt van z.g weervast staal met typische bruine roestkleur. We konden heel ver kijken. Zelfs de dom van Utrecht was te zien. En ook Hilversum.


Do you see the city behind the trees?

 Walking down the stairs  


Linked to Good Fences

30 comments:

  1. So glad your hip has healed and you made it to the top! Wonderful views and now I've learned more about the Netherlands that it has a pyramid!

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  2. Hello, what a nice trip. The pyramid is neat, love the view from the top! Great collection of trip photos. Happy Thursday, enjoy your weekend ahead!

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  3. I never would have known about the pyramid in the Netherlands if not for your blog. Interesting indeed. The view from the top is wonderful and it is fantastic that your hip has healed.

    Enjoy the day!

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  4. Best een hele klim, maar het uitzicht is dan ook erg mooi.

    Groettie van Patricia.

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  5. Very interesting post. Yes I could just make out the city behind the trees.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a blessed day. Madeline

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  6. Ha Jedidja, mooie omgeving, Enkele jaren geleden is hij gerestaureerd, het geheel stond op instorten. Aan de weg ligt een speelterrein voor de kinderen en je kan er redelijk eten. Wij zijn er dikwijls geweest toen de kinderen klein waren en komen er nog wel 1 keer per jaar. De laatste keer is begin augustus geweest van dit jaar.
    Groet kees.

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    1. Klopt! Wij hebben ook even bij de botsautootjes gekeken. En de draaimolen. Erg leuk. Je moet wel voor elke attractie betalen.

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  7. Een mooi uitzicht vanaf de top!

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  8. Incredible!

    But why did Napoleon chose a pyramid to build?

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  9. That is a very impressive pyramid; I know that Napoleon was very interested in Egypt so that is appropriate. I came over from Delvalina's blog to say hi.

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  10. I will have to show my husband this post....one of his favorite historical figure is Napoleon. He'll enjoy reading about this.

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  11. Mooie foto's! Ik wist niet eens dat dit er was in Nederland. Heb dus even gegoogeld...;-)
    Grappig, ik ben net een boek aan het lezen over het oude Egypte.

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  12. How fun that they built that Pyramid there. Not something one sees everyday. The red/white fencing went well with the green of the pyramid. So glad you were able to climb to the top. Also liked your stair shot. Great perspective.

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  13. Wow, what a climb? I don't see any city.

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    1. Hi Ruth, it's miniature skyline just above the tops of the pine trees (photo 3).

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    2. I, too, went back and looked a second time... and found it!

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  14. Very interesting to see the pyramid.
    Yes, I can see the city beyond but barely.
    Quite a climb and glad you were able to get up there to take the picture.

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  15. wow! how neat! love the hedgerow, too!

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  16. That would be quite the climb.For me the going down would be a hard if not harder than up.

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  17. This is one of the reasons I love to blog! I would have never known about this. What wonderful photos! Hugs!

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  18. I've never been there! Courageous of you - that's the only way to get over fear of heights - and you finished it:):) Happy for you that your hips are healed!

    You are missed at SEASONS - hope we will see you back soon (link list is open Sunday till Wednesday 7 pm, US Pacific time) - any experience if great, as long as it is during the season.

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  19. Gorgeous photos♥ Have a wonderful day ♥

    summerdaisycottage.blogspot.com

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  20. A remarkable capture of this fascinating place. Excellent series.

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  21. I has no idea that the Nederlands had a pyramid, that's pretty cool!

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  22. Hey Jedija, thats wonderful place to spend time with your husband and sorry about your hip!
    I love how you capture every angle of the place. They are beautiful pictures.
    Blessing,
    Delvalina

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  23. These are wonderful photos and I thank you for the history of it too. So sorry about your hip and glad that it has healed.

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  24. Great photos! I wouldn't have liked all those steps!
    Thank you so much for commenting on my blog. To answer a couple of your questions:
    'Mazal Tov' is a direct translation of the Hebrew (not Yiddish). There are several ways of writing it in English, but I think this is the most 'correct'.
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  25. Dearest Jedidja; Pyramid of Austerlitz looks unique and love to learn the history of your country♪ The staircase does look high and I'm happy to hear that your injury got better. Oh our country is mountainous and my house located high place where you need car to go anywhere, I wonder how many more years my husband can drive p:-)

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in Holland, xoxo Miyako*

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