See them all: Monuments
Dordrecht has almost 900 listed buildings, 700 municipal monuments and a large number of striking buildings. Extraordinary facades, residences, churches and other buildings can mainly be found in the historic inner city and the surrounding nineteenth century ring of buildings.
Dordrecht is a true city of monuments. With buildings that were built in the Middle Ages, typical Dordrecht facades, prominent mansions, warehouses, churches and water towers. Read more about several special monuments here.
The neoclassicistic facade that the Stadhuis [city hall] received in the nineteenth century hides the medieval secret behind: this building, with its cellars with groined vaults and its roof with the original wooden construction, was built in the fourteenth century as the Flemish commodity exchange. It became the home of the city council in 1544. When you visit, explore the hunting room, the eighteenth century prison in the attic and the wedding room with wall paintings by Reinier Kennedy.
Between Bagijnhof and Vriesestraat are the almshouses of the Regenten- of Lenghenhof. They are built around several central courtyards. These almshouses, which date from 1755 and were built for poor women, were governed by trustees. The oldest are on the side of the Bagijnhof. In 1625, Arend Maartenszoon founded the almshouses for poor women that bear his name in the Museumstraat. Cottages surround a courtyard with ancient trees and a water well and are now occupied by both men and women.
Behind the grand facade of Wolwevershaven 9, you find the ‘Dordts PatriciŽrshuis, Museum aan de Maas’ [Dordrecht mansion, museum on the river Meuse]. Here you can go back in time and experience how a Dordrecht patrician household lived at the end of the eighteenth century. Furniture and articles in the style of Louis XVI, drawings and paintings decorate the period rooms in this historic mansion. From the circular Maaskamer, you have a unique view of the Oude Maas, Noord and Merwede rivers.
Munt van Hollant
The sandstone Muntpoortje gate from 1555 on the Voorstraat gives access to the Muntgebouw [The Mint] where from 1367 up to its closure in 1806 the coins for Holland and Zeeland were minted. The Holland coat of arms hangs above the entrance of the main building. The Dordrechts Museum holds a portrait of the Master of the Mint, painted by Samuel van Hoogstraten in 1674.
This house, built around 1495, is Dordrecht's oldest dwelling and is one of the oldest dwellings in the Netherlands. The original decorative wall ties and cross windows adorn the late Gothic facade made of precious Namur stone. It has been home to a soap maker, a brewer and various merchants. The interior contains many original elements from various periods. The restored building is now used for conferences.
The most important building of the Augustijnenklooster (now Het Hof) was the church. The design of the original monastery church is unknown. After a fire in 1512, the church was rebuilt and in 1776 the facade was reconstructed. It is an example of the style referred to as early Waterstaatstijl. Prominent Dordrecht people (including Aelbert Cuyp) are buried in the church. Striking features are the pulpit, the Maarschalkerweerd organ, the wooden barrel vault and other historic elements.
Kyck over den Dyck
Of the many different types of windmill: polder mills, grist mills, sawmills, oil mills and malt mills that previously operated in Dordrecht, only one remains: Kyck over den Dyck, a tower mill that projects high above the Noordendijk. The malt mill, which was built in 1713, was later used to grind grain. The last restoration restored this use. The mill operates on Saturdays, the platform offers a splendid view and the shop sells products from the mill including flour and biscuits.