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Spaarnestad

Today I try a re-post (my first one). It shows you my birth- and hometown Haarlem in Noord-Holland in the way just as the city is.
I wasn't statisfied with the quality of the original picture, mainly cause of I PP'ed it too much. I'm still not totally statisfied, but it's better I think.

Haarlem is the capital of the province of Noord-Holland with about 150,000 citizens. It's in the West of the Netherlands, near Amsterdam. Haarlem is situated in the area of Kennemerland, the part of Noord-Holland between Alkmaar and Haarlem.
Some history: Haarlem got city rights in 1245 from Count Willem II. Famous is the siege of Haarlem by the Spanish army in 1572-73 in the Eighty Year's War. In 1656 the newspaper Haarlems Dagblad was founded, which is the world's oldest, still existing newspaper. In 1839 drove the first train in The Netherlands between Amsterdam and Haarlem.

In the background you can see the Grote of Sint Bavokerk (Great or Saint Bavochurch). The building in the foreground is Teylers Museum, the oldest museum in The Netherlands (1784).
The river in front is het Spaarne, so therefor Haarlem is called de Spaarnestad (Spaarne City).

More info in the original note.
More pictures of Haarlem in my theme about Haarlem and surroundings.

I took this picture last December on a (too) bright winterday and it is one of my first pictures with this camera.
Hope you like it!

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