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.