Saint Servatius Labyrinth

Each part of the world is unique. Each city is an unbelievable place full of amazing corners ready to be discovered. Through the buildings we can have a better insight about the history, the inhabitants and the culture of each place that we visit.

The labyrinth of Saint Servatius is one of those amazing places full of charm and history worth to be discovered.

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The maze or labyrinth was designed in1885-1887 by Pierre Cuypers, the architect responsible for the restoration of the basilica in the second half of the 19th century.image

The theme has a link with the sculptures located on the upper part of the portal where you can find the maze. These sculptures represent several parts of the Old and New Testament and the story of the salvation. Beginning with Abraham and ending with St. Servatius, the centerpiece holds the Holy Virgin Mary crowned in heaven.

As a contrast with heaven, the mosaic represents a map of the earth, where everybody is a pilgrim constantly searching for ways to find the Holy Land and Jerusalem.

The Holy City as spiritual goal is represented as a fortress with eight corners and towers, the mount of olives and the mount of calvary.

Also represented are the two main cities of Christendom in the East and the West: Constantinople and Rome, and also two important cities for Maastricht: Cologne (capital and siege of the archbishopric and the most important city of the Roman Empire at the north of the Alps) and Aix –la-Chapelle (the place where the emperors of the holy roman empire of the german nation were crowned during the Middle Ages).

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The best way to enjoy the height of this work is to stay in the corner of the labyrinth so that you can see the whole maze at the same time at the sculptures. Are you fancy to discover this amazing place?

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Qué podéis encontrar en esta web? Fácil; una gran cantidad de información útil antes de vuestra llegada y una gran red de contactos para que la vida de Expat sea muy entretenida.

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Antes de partir

Antes de llegar siempre surge esta duda: Dónde voy a vivir? En el apartado inmobiliaria podéis encontrar anuncios de pisos e incluso escribir vuestro propio anuncio explicando que buscáis en vuestra futura vivienda. De modo que así, en el caso de que alguien pueda ayudaros, se puedan poner en contacto con vosotros. image

La otra gran duda suele ser: Dónde puedo encontrar un trabajo?. En expat.com hay un apartado llamado empleo donde se puede buscar trabajo filtrando por sector, país y/ó tipo de contraro, para que encontréis lo que realmente estáis buscando!

Welcome home

Una vez en el destino uno de los primeros objetivos suele ser conocer gente con la que poder descubrir las maravillas de tu nueva ciudad. Gracias a el apartado eventos podéis acudir a distintos eventos en vuestra nueva ciudad y así conocer mucha gente nueva con la, quizás, podréis compartir vuestro tiempo.

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No os lo perdáis!!

Recursos 

Un apartado muy interesante, ya que aquí podéis leerlos la guía del expatriado, con interesantes artículos escritos por expats (información de primera mano!!), anuncios e información de distintas empresas localizadas por todo el mundo.

Foro & Blogs

Y aquí viene la parte más personal de la página. Por un lado tenemos los blogs escritos por expats ya en destino. Antes de mudaros, o incluso una vez en el país de destino, os recomiendo que leáis los blogs para conocer las experiencias de otros expats y saber como es la vida en el que será vuestro nuevo hogar durante un tiempo. Por otro lado, si tenéis alguna duda… Ahí están los foros. Preguntad, que no os de vergüenza. Todos los que vivimos en el extranjero hemos empezado así: investigando, preguntando, leyendo…

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Y después de todo lo que os he contado… A que comenzar a mudarse nunca había sido tan fácil? Os dejo aquí el link de la web expat.com para que os animéis a formar parte de esta comunidad y que desde el primer instante de vuestro viaje aprovechéis todas sus ventajas.

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Maastricht

Probably most of you have already heard something about this city due to its well known University or because of the European Maastricht Treaty, however, this place has more to offer beyond politics and campus. Maastricht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. Its charming streets are surrounded by antique buildings and cafés full of nice people.

 

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What to see

Vrijthof Square 

In this square was beheaded William de la Marck. T

he visitor can enjoy a nice waffle while visiting the St. Servatius Basilica which is nowadays surrounded by cute cafés .

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Nolenspark

A huge park close to the old wall who surrounded the city in the ancient times. It is nice to have a walk in it or even to have a noon picnic.

 

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Heelport (The door of hell)

Located at the old city walls it is the oldest city gate in the Netherlands. If the weather is good I would recommend you to walk from Nolenspark to the Heelport. The path is really nice and peaceful.

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The antique buildings,the people, the parks, the terraces… It reminded me to the city of Amsterdam. Furthermore I would recommend you to have a walk among the old city and to try some tasty waffles!!

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Bisschopsmolen

Finally I would like to talk about a charming place. This mill was created in the VII century and, although it is still working, it belongs now to the city of Maastricht and it harbors a brewery and a bakery. Sitting in front of the mill in the small street where it is located could be a peaceful moment for the tourist.

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Do not miss the chance to visit this historical place!!

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Utrecht!!!

Last weekend we decided to greet our Dutch neighbors by visiting the lovely city of Utrecht.

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A bit of history…
The ancient university town was the most important city of the country until Amsterdam received that honor. It is still full of Medieval buildings, however, its more prominent building is San Martin´s Cathedral (Dom van Utrecht) whose tower, 112m tall, can be seeing from any corner of the Old Town.
If you are interested you can also buy ticket to go to the top of it and contemplate the spectacular views of the city.
More than Medieval buildings…
The inhabitants of Utrecht are proud to be the city where the only Dutch Pope was born as well as to have become the town in a cultural city full of museums and canals, which are as cute as the ones in my adored Amsterdam. Next to which it is easy to find different kind of restaurants and coffees.
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Cultural surprise…
What we did not know the day we cross the border was that the second weekend of January took place the “Cultural Sunday”, so the city was full of people walking around its streets, shopping and enjoying the cultural offer. We enjoyed a piano concert inside the Cathedral and we could see, while walking, street musicians, models and photo exhibitions.

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Our trip ended in Tilburg, in the South of the country. This well known city among the Erasmus students
welcomed us with buildings full of  colorful lights during the night. There we could enjoy traditional Dutch food: sausages, potato and vegetables purée, croquette and Dutch french fries. And after the dinner we decided to come back home to rest until the next trip.

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Have you ever been in Utrecht? Do you like it?