Castle Loevestein (Slot Loevestein in Dutch) is a medieval castle built by the knight Dirc Loef van Horne in 1368. It was built at a strategic location in the middle of the Netherlands, where the Maas and Waal rivers come together (just west of current day villages Poederoijen and Brakel, in the municipality of Zaltbommel, in Gelderland). Originally it was simply a large stone building, used to charge toll for boats on the rivers. In the 17th century it was expanded into a more modern fortress with earth walls, two moats, an arsenal, and housing for a commander and soldiers. The castle soon became a prison for political prisoners. A famous resident was Hugo de Groot (Hugo Grotius) who was serving out a lifelong sentence since 1619. In 1621 Hugo de Groot managed to pull off a daring and famous escape in a book-chest.
Until the Second World War Loevestein Castle was part of the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie, the main Dutch defense line.
Currently the castle is used as a medieval museum.
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Asiulus (1176) 2008-05-11 10:34
Let's begin from this informative note - I like it.
The object above the castle (the bird?)is bit disturbing.
You had a very good weather to shoot, but unfortunately the front of the building hidden in the shadow, which spoils the final effect.
If you had a chance, I'd suggest shooting the front at other time. If not, why not try to use available conditions and shoot the other side? Might be interesting, too.
jean11-3 (2799) 2008-05-11 13:09
Hello Olenka,I like that you have shot the castle from this particular angle, so that we see more than one face of the building.
Obviously the light was a bit difficult but I think that you managed it very well.
It certainly looks a grim place to be locked up in!
I like the little bridge, so typical of Holland.
Tfs, regards Jean.
testmaniac (13508) 2008-09-30 23:21
Hi Olenka, nice place and good shot. The castle is looking great!