Wijk bij Duurstede

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Wijk bij Duurstede
Municipality
Aerial view of Wijk bij Duurstede
Aerial view of Wijk bij Duurstede
Flag of Wijk bij Duurstede
Flag
Coat of arms of Wijk bij Duurstede
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Wijk bij Duurstede in a municipal map of Utrecht
Location in Utrecht
Coordinates: 51°59′N 5°20′E / 51.983°N 5.333°E / 51.983; 5.333Coordinates: 51°59′N 5°20′E / 51.983°N 5.333°E / 51.983; 5.333
Country Netherlands
Province Utrecht
Government[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Tjapko Poppens (VVD)
Area[2]
 • Total 50.25 km2 (19.40 sq mi)
 • Land 47.56 km2 (18.36 sq mi)
 • Water 2.69 km2 (1.04 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 5 m (16 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 23,072
 • Density 485/km2 (1,260/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 3945–3947, 3960–3962
Area code 0343
Website www.wijkbijduurstede.nl

Wijk bij Duurstede (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʋɛi̯ɡ bɛi̯ ˈdyːrsteːdə]) is a municipality and a city in the central Netherlands.

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Topography[edit]

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Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Wijk bij Duurstede, 2013.

The city of Wijk bij Duurstede[edit]

The city (population as of 2007: 23,377) is located on the Rhine. At Wijk bij Duurstede, the Kromme Rijn (Crooked Rhine) branches off, and the main branch is called Lek River downstream from Wijk bij Duurstede.

The name 'Wijk bij Duurstede' means 'neighbourhood near Duurstede'. Duurstede is the name of the nearby castle/ruin, also called Dorestad, where the bishop of Utrecht used to live. Wijk bij Duurstede is located at the place where Dorestad used to be, an important trade settlement, that was pillaged around 850 by the Vikings.

Wijk bij Duurstede has the only drive-through wind mill in the world. The mill is often confused with the mill that was made famous by Ruisdael's 1670 painting The windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede. That mill however no longer exists (its foundations can still be seen a couple of blocks away from the remaining mill). At the market place of Wijk bij Duurstede is one of the few church towers in the Netherlands with a flat roof, so built because the bishop couldn't afford to build a spire. Inside the tower a picture displays the planned construction of the tower. The tower was supposed to become higher than the Domtoren in Utrecht.

Wijk bij Duurstede received city rights in 1300.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Burgemeester Tjapko Poppens" [Mayor Tjapko Poppens] (in Dutch). Gemeente Wijk bij Duurstede. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 3962CL". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 

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