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There is nothing going on in this photo, except that 14 pigeons are having lunch together and the 15th is eating alone. The young man on the bicycle is looking at the photographer, wondering why he is taking a photo in this place where there is nothing going on.

This is from Markt, one of the main squares in the old part of Maastricht, a pleasant city in the deep south of the Netherlands, close to the Belgian border and not far from Germany.

What you can actually see here is a statue of Jan Pieter Minckeleers, a Dutch scientist who invented gas lighting. He died in 1824 and the bronze statue, designed by Bart van Hove, was unveiled in 1904.

The church in the background is the gothic Sint-Matthiaskerk from the 14th-16th century.

Here is a larger version.

To Europeans generally Maastricht is mainly known for the Maastricht treaty of the early 1990's which lay the foundation of the European Union.

Two photos from Markt, showing daily life in the square, can be seen as workshops.

The map coordinates for this photo are approximately 50.851618, 5.690196.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6957 W: 407 N: 13759] (65212)
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