A two-wheeled tour of the Netherlands

I will update this page as I compose new entries, which may not be in chronological order.

Why Lions? You don’t see many lions in the wild in the Netherlands – but churches and historical buildings are full of them.

The reason is that early map-makers saw a resemblance between the shape of the Netherlands and a lion – and that also fit an image of the Nederlanders as fierce opponents of Spanish rule. The lion became the most common symbol in heraldry, and sculptures of the wild cat adorn the tops of church organs, guard the steps of important buildings, and watch over the doorways great and small.