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Culture of Maastricht. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Saint Servatius Bridge of Maastricht in the Evening Start your observation of the city from visiting Vrijthof Square, which is the location of two bright architectural constructions - Basilica of Sint Servaas and Yanskerk Church. These beautiful historic buildings have witnessed many important events and do not cease to amaze visitors with their grandeur and beauty. The church of Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek is a no less beautiful religious monument. By the way, this is the oldest building in the city. Originally a pagan sanctuary was located on the site of the church. The construction of the first church on its original site was completed in 1380. The beautiful building in the Romanesque style seems to be bleak and harsh, but its halls are soaked in a wonderful atmosphere of peace.
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Sint Servaasbrug bridge is a perfect place for walking. It offers unforgettable panoramic views of the city. The bridge is located near the historic quarter of the city, where travellers can also see numerous interesting buildings and monuments. A walk in an underground maze remains one of the most interesting excursions in the city. The maze is located in the western part of the city. The total length of the maze is approximately 10 kilometers. Underground shelters were built by local residents. For many times the shelters saved people during the periods of military conflicts. According to archaeologists, a part of the underground labyrinths was constructed during the Roman Empire times. In any case, visiting this important historical site will be of a great interest for every traveler.
The City Hall, the construction of which took place in the middle of the 17th century, is a wonderful place of interest and a great example of the Baroque style. Near the City Hall are located numerous mansions and historic buildings that have been built on different times and, thus, feature various architectural styles. Among the cultural institutions of the city we should definitely mention Bonnefantenmuseum. Nowadays this is an art museum located in a beautiful modern building. Earlier its exposition was located in an old monastery, but in 1995 the museum was completely moved to new premises. The building itself features amazing Art Nouveau style. This is also a wonderful place that is considered an important excursion object. Copyright
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You can remarkably spend your time in the city by visiting Rondleidingen Grotten Noord, or say, going on a tour of the catacombs in Maastricht (the so-called network of underground tunnels of the city). This is something unique, as here there are pictures made with coal, and small bats in hiding. Interesting stories are related to the place, and it also gives a feeling as though everyone who is involved in the excursion moved back in time. The city has a monument dedicated to the inventor of illuminating gas, Jan van Minckelers, who is a native of Maastricht – the local people are very proud of him.
Maastricht Fort Sint Pieter is an excellent example of a military fortification. It was built in the 18th century, and the unique feature of this place is that the best panoramic views of Maastricht open up from here. You can discover a unique “mill-café” on Stenenbrug 3; it is here that De Bisschopsmolen is located. The place is ideal for romantic people, and lovers of history will be pleasantly surprised to learn that it has been operational since the 7th century. Also, lovers of romance will appreciate Helpoort, especially in the evening. By the way, it was here that the prototype of Alexander Dumas’ character in “The Three Musketeers”, D’Artagnan, met his death and has a monument erected.
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The Market Square is a great place for a walk. Here you can find the above mentioned Town Hall, as well as old houses and shopping pavilions. By the time you get out of here, you can discover the “hidden pearl” – the ‘t Bassin area, where you can enjoy the wonderful expanses of water, harbor, and beautiful buildings. Another good place for a walk is Stokstraat Street, where it is a pleasure to stroll and look at interesting balconies and houses at the same time. Interesting from a historical point of view, is the building of Lichtenberg Castle, whose time of construction dates back to the year 1212. It fell into disrepair more than once, and was restored in 1985.
Town Hall Maastricht Yet another beautiful sacred work of art is the Basiliek van Sint Servaas – the oldest church in the city (the time of its erection is attributed to 1039, earning it the fourth position in this place – the first was built as far back as 384). It has a beautiful garden, where you can take a walk and forget about all your pressing problems. You will find an interesting treasure inside the church as well as lots of interesting artifacts. One more noteworthy religious building is the Notre Dame Etoile de la Mer, whose main feature is the beautiful altar inside.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Maastricht and surroundings

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What to visit during two-day excursion in Maastricht

Musuem Spaans Gouvernement
Where: Vrijthof , Transport, Maastricht; Telephone: +31 (0)43 321 13 27;
St Servaasbasiliek
Where: Vrijthof, Maastricht; Telephone: +31 (0)43 321 04 90; Metro: Best on foot, located in the Old Town;
Treasury (kerkschat)
Where: Bonnefantenstraat, Maastricht; Telephone: +31 (0)43 325 21 21; Metro: Best on foot, located in the Old Town;
Natuurhistorisch Museum (natural History Museum)
Where: Looiersstraat, Maastricht; Telephone: +31 (0)43 350 54 90; Metro: Best on foot, close to the Old Town boundary;
Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek
Where: Best on foot, close to the Old Town boundary, Maastricht; Telephone: + (0) 43 325 18 51; Metro: Best on foot, close to the river on the West Bank,;
Bonnefanten Museum
Where: Limburglaan, Maastricht; Telephone: + (0) 43 329 01 90; Metro: Best on foot, close to the river on the East Bank;
Kazematten (casemates)
Where: Waldeckbastion, Maastricht, Maastricht; Telephone: +31 (0)43 325 21 21; Metro: Bus or taxi via Tongerseweg N278;
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Art galleries in Maastricht and around
♥   Art museum 'Bonnefanten Museum' Maastricht, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Maastricht
♥   Basiliek van het Heilig Sacrament, Meerssen, 5.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Basiliek, Tongres / Tongeren, 18 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique abbatiale de Notre-Dame du Val-Dieu, Aubel, 18.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van Onze Lieve Vrouw van het Heilig Hart, Sittard, 20.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathédrale Notre-Dame-et-Saint-Lambert, Liège, 24.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Saint-Martin, Liège, 24.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathédrale Saint-Paul, Liège, 24.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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