In the historic heart of Dordrecht, on the site Where Augustinians founded their monastery in the 13th century we now present the history of Holland’s oldest city. A history that reaches far beyond the city’s boundaries. On more than one occasion Dordrecht has been the setting for key moments in Dutch history. In 1572, for instance, the First Assembly of the Free States was convened there. This was a key event, that laid the foundations for the independent Republic of the Netherlands, the predecessor of our current Netherlands. And in 1618-19, the city was host to the meeting of the Synod of Dordrecht. This major international ecclesiastical gathering set the course for the Protestant Church worldwide.
This book offers the reader a tour around Het Hof and tells the story of Dordrecht through historical objects, archaeological finds, archival records, paintings and prints from the Dordrecht Collection. Not only are the events of 1572 brought to life, but also Dordrecht’s golden age as a powerful trading centre, the devastating St. Elizabeth’s Day Flood, and Dordrecht’s metamorphosis from ‘city of wood’ to modern industrial city. And of course the history of the monastery itself. It is the fascinating story of Dordrecht, spanning almost 800 years of history.