Saint Catherine's Church is a Roman Catholic church built in honour of Saint Catherine of Alexandria. It is one of the most spectacular churches in Eindhoven. The present building replaced the former Catherine Church - an old ramshackled structure. The construction of the church took place between 1861 and 1867.
It was designed in neo-Gothic style by Pierre Cuypers - a beginner architect at that point of his career. Saint Catherine's has two towers, seventy meters each. In keeping with the French Gothic style, the towers are different from each other and are named the David Tower and the Mary Tower. The church has two organs, one of them being one of the largest in the country. In 1972, Saint Catherine's was declared a national monument of the Netherlands.
Our red-eared slider turtle watching over the main court!
This species of turtle is native to the Southern US and northern Mexico, but because it is so popular in the global pet trade it is now an invasive species in many countries, including the UK. Released pets make their way into waterways and can cause damage to the natural balance of native ecosystems. The UK banned the sale of these turtles to prevent further release/escape of them into local waterways, but they are still found across the Britain, and with no natural predators it’s thought that this invasive species’ numbers are increasing.
De Haar Castle in Utrecht, The Netherlands. This is the largest castle complex in the country. It was built in the end of the 19th century over ruins of the medieval castle that dated back to the 14th century. The previous one had a turbulent history - it was seized and destroyed several times but again and again it rose from the ashes. The latest period is linked with the Rothschild family who invested heavily into rebuilding a neogothic castle fitted with what was then the most up-to-date amenities. The castle got electric lighting, central steam heating system, a 6-meter long furnace that uses coal, a set of copper pans and pots. It has 200 rooms and 30 bathrooms. Rothschild motto and Star of David can be seen in details of the castle’s interior, just like the coat of arms of two other noble families who owned the castle. Picture by @il_bolshakov 👍👍👍🙏🏻😍
Замок да Хаар в Утрехте, Нидерланды. Замок - самый большой в стране и стоит на месте средневекового замка 14го века. Предыдущий замок несколько раз разрушался, но каждый раз, как Феникс, возрождался из пепла. Так же случилось и в конце 19го века, когда его руины перешли в руки французской ветви Ротшильдов. Были вложены огромные деньги в реставрацию-перестройку замка в неоготическом стиле. Более того, замок по тем временам был оснащен по последнему слову техники: было проведено электрическое освещение, центральное паровое отопление (а в замке было 200 жилых и 30 ванных комнат), на кухне установили огромную плиту, работающую на торфе или угле. А в интерьере замка появились опознавательные знаки династии Ротшильдов - звезды Давида и девиз семьи.