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Muiderslot

Muiderslot

 

 

Location: Herengracht 1, Muider  Map

Constructed: 1370 by Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria

Tel. 02940 256 262

Open: Apr- Oct daily

Nov- Mar: Sat & Sun

Official site

 

 

 

 

History of Muider Castle

Muiderslot or Muider Castle is a medieval castle situated 15 kilometers South- East of Amsterdam in Netherlands. The first castle on this site was erected at the mouth of river Vecht in 1280 by Count Floris V of Holland and Zeeland. Muider Castle was intended to become a stronghold for levy collection from passing merchant ships. Count didn't last last too long. He was ambushed during his hunting trip in the forest by assassins who were probably sent by bishop of Utrecht. He died of knife wounds. His fortress was razed in 1300 by the same bishop.

 

Current citadel was constructed in 1370 by Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria. One of the most famous residents who lived here was P.C. Hooft, a famous Dutch historian, writer and a poet. He lived here from 1609 to his death in 1647. He invited many prominent artists to the castle which gave them a nickname, the Muider Circle. This included Bredero and Maria Tesselschade Visscher, Joost van den Vondel, Huge de Groot, Constantijn Huygens and many others. The castle lost its military significance and was turned into prison in the 18th century. Eventually it was abandoned and fell in disrepair. Restoration of the Muiderslot began in 1895 during reign of King Willem I and by his orders. Most of the interior was recreated as it looked in the 17th century. Muiderslot is protected by a national museum of Netherlands known as Rijksmuseum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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