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Nederland - Alkmaar, Wildemanshofje

Wildemanshofje (the almshouses of Wildeman) is one of more than a hundred courtyards with almshouses in the Netherlands. It was named after the founder Gerrit Wildeman (1627-1702). As a shipowner and trader of colonial goods he was one of the wealthiest men in Alkmaar. By the end of his life his wife and two children had died. In his will he stipulated that his inheritance had to be spent on a new provenhuis: a free housing for elderly widows, who also got “money, butter and peat” four times a year.

The start of construction was postponed until spring 1713 and took a year. It was supervised by two 'city carpenters. Wildemanshofje has a high gatehouse at the front with a regent's room on the top floor. Above the entrance a stone statue of a wild man refers to the generous benefactor “Wildeman” (PiP1). The four wings of the complex with a total of 24 houses surround a courtyard garden. There are two old wells where water used to be fetched for laundry. The lime trees in the symmetrically landscaped courtyard were planted in 1758 to protect the houses from the sun.

Nowadays there still live women in the renovated and modernized houses. Unlike in the past, they now have to pay rent.
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37 comments

Günter Diel said:

Eine schöne Ansicht. Gruß Günter
3 weeks ago ( translate )

Madeleine Defawes said:

Superbes images de ce havre de paix !
Bonne semaine. Amitiés
3 weeks ago ( translate )

David Slater (Spodde… said:

Very nicely maintained properties Jaap. HBM and happy new week.
3 weeks ago ( translate )

Nouchetdu38 said:

A magnificent architectural ensemble where it must be good to walk!!!!!
Have a nice new week******
3 weeks ago ( translate )

MaggsMep said:

I love the final PiP with all those gorgeous flowers ! HBM Jaap
3 weeks ago

Wierd Folkersma said:

heel mooie en rustige binnenplaats, een parchtige serie, HBM!
3 weeks ago ( translate )

Annemarie said:

mst beautiful Jaap
Wish you a nice Monday and week:)
3 weeks ago

Herb Riddle said:

..and a couple of benches join in to complete the set. Well done.

HBM, enjoy this hot weather. Herb
3 weeks ago

Julien Rappaport said:

Un bel endroit à visiter , Jaap .
3 weeks ago ( translate )

Percy Schramm said:

Fantastic serie of this beautiful building. Wish you a nice week, Jaap !
3 weeks ago

Walter 7.8.1956 said:

Wunderschön Jaap!!
Einen guten Start in die neue Woche!
3 weeks ago ( translate )

Nicole Merdrignac said:

Superbe photo. Bonne semaine . Nicole .
3 weeks ago ( translate )

Roger (Grisly) said:

Superb series from a fascinating location Jaap,
HBM and thanks for the information.
3 weeks ago

Schussentäler said:

Ein wunderschöner Innenhof
3 weeks ago ( translate )

Günter Klaus said:

Da hast du wieder eine sehr schöne Serie zusammen gestellt lieber Jaap,toll kommen die Wuchsformen der Bäume rüber :))

Wünsche noch einen schönen Nachmittag,liebe Grüße Güni :))
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