The subject for this month is: "Show us a pic that tells something about the area you live and that's bike related and tell us about it". Here is my September Contest pic and story...
I took this picture this evening. As you can see it's getting dark earlier in the evening as the end of summer is near. Full moon tonight, maybe you can see it shine at the right side in the middle of this pic.
This is the middle of our village centre. The old church, we Barnevelders call it "the big church", although it's not the biggest in our vilage as it has 1150 seats and we have two churches with over 2500 places. This church is build in the 12th and 13th century, partly damaged by a big fire in 1421 and rebuild.
Just infront of the church you see a statue from a knight named Jan van Schaffelaar. He jumped from the tower in 1482 and by doing that he saved the lifes of lots of citizens. (There is a castle in our village, as I showed on some pics who is named Jan van Schaffelaar castle). At the left site you see a water ornament. This has 9 fountains. Barneveld is the capital village with 32.000 citizens surrounded with those 9 little villages. All together Barneveld has about 62.000 citizens.
In the Church is a carrilion with 48 bells. Every freeking 15 minutes they let it play starting at 6 in the morning till 22:00 in the evening... I know, it's very old fashioned maybe, but in Barneveld it's still possible to let the church bells ring for two minutes when there is a marriage and also when there is a funeral.
Nowadays the church is a national monument.
Right infront of the church is a square. Every year at our national Kings Day the 27th of April, they organize a night ride starting about 04:00 in the morning from about 150km only showing our Village and the direct surroundings.... During the afternoon and evening there are bands playing life music on the square and they organize food and drinks and all kind of games and stuff for the kids...
Our old big church... It's the centre of our village.