Dom Tower Utrecht the Netherlands
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Dom Tower Utrecht the Netherlands

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View from the top of the 112 m high Dom tower in the centre of Utrecht. The Dom Tower was built between 1321 and 1382 and is the highest church tower in the Netherlands. Originally it was connected to the Dom church but a hurricane destroyed the nave in the summer of 1674. The nave was never rebuilt. The photo is taken from the balcony at 96 m.

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