Utrecht marks 889th anniversary

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The city of Utrecht on Thursday marked the 889th anniversary of the day when it was granted city rights by Holy Roman Emperor Henry V in 1122.

Visitors to the city could go on a guided tour of the central Dom Square, where archaeologists on Wednesday started an excavation to study the foundations of the nave of the gothic Dom cathedral. The nave collapsed in 1674 but was never reconstructed, leaving the remaining section of the church and the tower separated by an open space.

The underground Dom Square Treasury – which includes one of the best conserved sections of a Roman castellum fortress in the Netherlands - was opened to the general public. The Utrecht Guild of Bell-Ringers gave an anniversary concert on the 500-year-old Dom church bells, including music by Utrecht composers like Johan Wagenaar.

Utrecht first celebrated its anniversary as a city - aptly named City Day - two years ago. Celebrations of City Day are intended to get bigger and bigger, leading up to an apotheosis in 2022, when Utrecht marks its 900th anniversary as a city.


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