In the Netherlands there is the incredibly beautiful and interesting castle on the water - Muiderslot, which is located in the surroundings of Amsterdam. The castle is situated on the mouth of the river Vechte and was built, according to some assumptions, in the second half of the 13th century. The construction was of great commercial importance. During more than 700 years the place for the collection of the taxes of ships, which went to Utrecht. Until the 17th century, the construction lost its strategic importance. The palace served as the residence of Peter Hoft, ruler of Amsterdam.
Its name is one of the most interesting stages of the history of the castle. Peter Hoft was interested in the literature and therefore made the majestic castle a literary salon. Outstanding writers and poets, including Jacobs Kats and Bredero have visited the castle. Among the other well-known guests is the world-famous painter Maria Tesselschade Visscher. At this period, the magnificent gardens on the castle's dungeon, which inspired many writers.
Already a century later, there was no trace of the fine, exquisite atmosphere prevailing in the castle. The gardens were destroyed and the castle was converted into prison. In the 20th century the historical building was restored. Today the castle is a branch of the Amsterdam State Museum. Recently, the unusual medieval-style attractions were arranged in the palaces. All visitors can try on the ancient armor or costume of the court jester, learn to deal with the old weapons. In the small courtyard you can enjoy the aristocratic entertainment - participate in the falcon hunting. Next - Chateau de Belœil
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