Under the eye of the Martini

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Groningen from the outside, from the South-West to the North-East, around the West, always under the eye of the Martinitoren.

New houses in Eelderwolde, just in the province of Drenthe.

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From the Kraanland, (crane land), former marsh, the most Western part of the Gorecht, the jurisdiction around the former King’s court in Groningen, the Martinitoren peaks above the tree line.

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Behind the flood fields of the sugar factory, where sediments in process water deposit.

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The sugar factory.

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City outskirts in the polder De Held in Liewerderwolde, part of the Frisian shire Middag (middle isle).

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Silhouette from the North West

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This small mound, erected 50 BC alongside a stream, is thought to have been the house place of a headman Liewe, after whom this place was called Liewerd (mound of Liewe), and the former peat moor to the South Liewerderwolde.

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Canal crossing with locks and pumping station.

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A Groninger tjalk heading for the Wadden Sea

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Friendly bull with other cattle

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Along the former meanders of the river Hunze under the eye of the Martinitoren, close to the triple country point of Middag, Gorecht, and Ubbega (upper shire).

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Water mill in a former river meander that has been lowered by the mediaeval removal of the upper layer of clay for bricks.

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Many lines in the province converge on the Martinitoren.

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Silhouette from the North.

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The following seven church towers have all been photographed from the same point …

… three towers in Bedum. The thick slanted one is the oldest of all, dating from the 11th century AD, when this was the pilgrimage of Saint Walfridus …

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… Noordwolde …

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… Zuidwolde …

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… and Martinitoren and Akerk in Groningen.

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Zuidwolde along the canal Boterdiep, which, as the name shows, carried dairy to the market in Groningen.

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There is a café over there.

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