Neanderthal remains have been found to the west of Maastricht (Belvédère excavations). Of a later date are Paleolithic remains, between 8,000 and 25,000 years old. Celts lived here around 500 BC, at a spot where the river Meuse was shallow and therefore easy to cross.It is not known exactly when the Romans arrived in Maastricht, or whether the settlement was founded by them. It is known, though, that the Romans built a bridge over the Meuse in the 1st century AD, during the reign of Augustus Caesar. The bridge was an important link in the main road between Bavay and Cologne. Roman Maastricht was probably relatively small. Remains of the Roman road, the bridge, a religious shrine, a Roman bath, a granary, some houses and the 4th-century castrum walls and gates, have been excavated. Fragments of provincial Roman sculptures, as well as coins, jewelry, glass, pottery and other objects from Roman Maastricht are on display in the exhibition space of the city's public library (Centre Céramique).
According to legend, the Armenian-born Saint Servatius, bishop of Tongeren, died in Maastricht in 384 and was buried there along the Roman road, outside the castrum. According to Gregory of Tours it was bishop Monulph who, around 570, built the first stone church on the grave of Servatius, the present-day Basilica of Saint Servatius. The city remained an early Christian diocese until it lost this position to nearby Liège in the early 8th century.[wikipedia]
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rbellemare (2109) 2012-08-20 7:51
I love this picture of barges on the Meuse river under a sunset light. Great composition and perfect depth of field.
dta (78528) 2012-08-20 8:37
Hello Grzegorz ,
This is an excellent composition , but waht is really attractive here , is the wonderful light .
jemaflor (97957) 2012-08-20 9:21
Good pov and so lovely warm light, interesting reflections, well made, tfs.
JFS (32459) 2012-08-20 11:28
Excellent composition and fascinating warm light. Good work! TFS!
leo61 (0) 2012-08-20 11:30
The best light for photographers and you managed a good composition with this diagonal row of three boats.
Great depth and good quality!
photoray (13981) 2012-08-21 5:23
Excellent low and golden lighting, showcasing the Maastrict waterfront. I like the anchored river boats dominating, with the classical buildings fading diagonally in the background.
Well done, and an excellent note on the history.
janraiski (558) 2012-08-21 5:45
very nice and very good balanced picture with wonderful light.
abmdsudi (54503) 2012-08-23 6:12
A lovely evening draws to a close as the gorgeous warm sunlight casting a wonderful glow over the canal and the backdrop to bring out the superb contrast between blue sky dark water and the barges. The weather condition is so mouth watering making this sublime, Great shot my friend, TFS.
claudeD (39181) 2012-08-23 8:08
very fine picture from Maastricht in the late evening sun. I like the reflections in the water.Very good contribution to TE.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
korbee (6619) 2012-08-30 12:48
The best possible lightcircumstances gregg,with such light its impossible to wrong1!
The sky coild be a bit more exiting,but,mmm thats not not yoyr fauld. ;=]]
halikarnas (7678) 2012-08-31 2:26
Mükemmel bir ışık-gölge.
Çok başarılı fotoğraf.
notrap (6133) 2012-10-19 11:53
what a light!
Beautiful panorama of a beautiful city.
Have a nice weekend.
- Copyright: Grzegorz Oczkowicz (GREGG) (7888)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-03-04
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation
- Camera: Canon 5D, 17-40 f/4 L USM Canon, RAW, 77mm HOYA UV
- Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-08-20 6:33