Hoorn Of Plenty

For such a small town, it certainly had a lot of things going for it.

Hoorn’s historic center is the Roode Steen which is also where most of the town action happens. It’s a nice-sized square with an imposing statue of the town’s controversial native son, Jan Pieterszoon Coen, for some a hero and others a criminal. He played an important, even mercilessly violent, role in the Dutch East India Company and in the process founded Batavia, now better known as Jakarta. Certainly explains the high pedestal – you’re sure to be on a different level when you can say you’ve founded a megacity.

We lucked out with the weather that day, it was still ice cold but the sun was on full blast. It made for a nice walk around the town that turned out to be quite eye-opening.
Just in that small square were several old buildings that easily impressed. I had to take a picture of them leaned forward, going against gravity and the ravage of time. Thank goodness for the Dutch there are rarely earthquakes here, otherwise these would have been gone a long time ago.

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