Discovery underground

I heard a lot of enthusiastic stories told about an underground exhibition in Utrecht, DOMunder. Recently they won the Museum + Heritage prize 2015, especially for being innovative.

The secrets of Utrecht’s Dom Square are revealed in this exhibition. The entrance to the underground space is in the middle of Dom Square. There you can view 2,000 years of Dutch history. A route under the centuries old square can be followed with a interactive torch to discover all sorts of archeological finds.

From the Romans to the tornado of 1674

History literally springs to life as the torch activates stories and animated films. DOMunder allows you to experience history from the time the Romans built the Castellum Traiectum, around 45 A.D. And why was Utrecht the center of the Netherlands in the middle ages? You can even experience the destructive tornado that caused the nave of the Dom to collapse in 1674. DOMunder brings the history buried under the Dom Square to life for all to experience and see, young and old alike. The tour is available in Dutch, German and English

Dom Square

Dom Square is the perfect starting point for a visit to Utrecht. The Gothic Dom Church and its beautiful Pandhof, the Dom Tower and the University Hall are all located on Dom Square. There are many cafes and restaurants nearby and tourist information can be had at Tourist Info. The Museum Quarter is a stone’s throw away, as is the shopping area along the Oudegracht.

Close by are also Utrecht’s unique canals with wharves next to the water. In the Middle Ages the warves were used to pile up goods brought by merchants from outside the city. Nowadays they ‘re in use as terraces where you can have a drink and a bite.

Feature image made by Mike Bink
Photo down here: Oliver Schuh

DOMunder Utrecht (NL)

 

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  1. Wat een mooie foto die laatste!

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