During the Dutch European Heritage Days 2016, called Open Monumentendag, this year on the 10th and 11th of September, about 4.000 historical buildings and sites are open to the public free of charge. Many locations also organize on-site activities like exhibitions, musical performances and guided tours, in total about 2000 activities.
This year’s theme is ‘Icons & symbols’. With this theme, the 30th Dutch ‘Open Monument’s Day’ refers to images and signs with a deeper, extra meaning which goes beyond the meaning of the object or image itself. In monuments we can find them everywhere: in interiors as well as exteriors, in ornaments, reliefs, paintings. Even the monuments themselves can have iconic value in a city or landscape, for example church towers, windmills, city halls and castles, but also distinctive bridges, dykes and prehistoric sites such as megalithic tombs.
It is not accidental that this year’s theme connects well with two other important events. In the First place there is a connection with the Jheronimus Bosch-year 2016. The ‘icon- and symbol-density’ in the artistic heritage of this famous medieval painter quite probably is unequalled in the Netherlands. But also this theme connects well to the current theme of the European Heritage Days: Heritage and Communities, in which heritage works as a vehicle to connect communities. Like the windmill, to which we owe so much of our national and international identity.
The national opening of the Open Monumentendag will take place in Den Bosch, hometown of Jheronimus Bosch, on September 8th.
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