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Muiderslot

I am taking a break from my North American series, although there is one more city, that I will show from my recent trip. This photo, however, was taken two days ago, and much closer, some 10km, to my home. It shows het Muiderslot, where I attended an open-air performance of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. This photo was taken during the break, about half an hour before sunset.

Het Muiderslot is one of the, if not the, best-known castle(s) in The Netherlands. It is located in the town of Muiden, close to the mouth of the river Vecht, where it flows into what used to be the Zuiderzee (now IJsselmeer).

It is uncertain when the castle was built, but it is often said Count Floris V built het Muiderslot around 1280. It was also here that Floris was murdered in 1296. A couple of centuries later, during the Dutch Golden Age, historian, poet and playwright P.C. Hooft lived in the castle and used it for his meetings with fellow scientists and writers, a group called de Muiderkring (the Muiden Circle). Het Muiderslot is a national museum nowadays and is internationally often branded as Amsterdam Castle in order to attract more tourists from abroad.

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