Statue of Johan de Witt
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK179,791 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
This statue stands in tribute to Jan de Witt, a 17th century, a Dutch politician and staunch republican in opposition to the Orangists who wanted a return to the return of the House of Orange. De Witt was a major figure in Dutch politics during the Dutch Golden Age and the leading political figure during that period for nearly 20 years, until defeat in the French-Dutch war compelled de Witt to resign. Sadly this was not enough for his enemies and he, along with his brother were killed by a lynch mob, with many rumours pointing the blame at the Orangists and the House of Orange,

This statue is larger than life and depicts De Witt in full length dressed of a 17th-century gentleman, wearing a with a Zucchetto on his head with a cloak over his shoulders. With his left hand he holds a paper roll, held against his chest over hiss heart.

The statue is quite good. It's only a short walk from Binnenhof, so it's worth a short detour.
Written July 28, 2019
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Paul Legate
United Kingdom20,408 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
In the centre of Den Haag, opposite Hofvijver in De Plaats is the statue of Johan de Witt which was unveiled in 1916. Johan de Witt was a significant figure in Dutch politics in 17th Century and he controlled the political system in the country from around 1650 until his demise in 1672. There was peace with England during his leadership and he was also involved in peace treaties with Breda and also Alkmaar in 1667. In June 1672 there was an assassination attempt on him, he opposed the House of Orange-Nassau and also due to the Dutch Republic suffering several defeats both he and his brother were held to account and were both murdered by Orangists on 20 August 1672. Worth a visit whilst in the centre of Den Haag.
Written September 3, 2017
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LostInTime
Pittsburgh, PA11,849 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Business
Is a decent statue in a nice square in the old part of town. It’s nice enough. And it only takes a few minutes to look at.
Written June 9, 2019
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,977 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
This statue is erected at the place where Johan de Witt along with his brother Cornelius was killed by a mob instigated by William III of Orange. After the killing their bodies were literally slaughtered. Noses, ears, tongues, toes were sold as trophies, while their hearts were cut out and exhibited.

For 19 years Johan de Witt was the leader of the emerging 17th century Dutch republic. He opposed the ambitions of the Orange family towards establishing hereditary rule which eventually led to his murder. William of Orange along with his wife Mary would later become king of England, Scotland and Ireland where he is still known as king Billy. Ironically William was only able to invade England, because Johan de Witt had given (financial) priority to building a huge fleet.

It took the Dutch elite 246 years to finally erect this statue of Johan de Witt in The Hague. Wilhelmina of Orange, queen at the time was present during the inauguration in 1918. No mention is made of what actually happened here. The writing on the pedestal refers only to how outstanding the man was. William Temple, English ambassador to the Republic, who knew Johan de Witt very well is quoted "Hij was een volmaakte Hollander." (He was a perfect Dutchman) perhaps implying that William of Orange was not.
Written June 25, 2019
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Sarah Grace
London, UK5,393 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
Yet another impressive statue, a work of art and of history.

Near a pretty river and smack in the middle of town where it’s image is accessible to all.
Written December 17, 2018
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA17,059 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
Attractive statue by the lake of one of the leaders from the Hague, a business guy, of course. Good outdoor art.
Written June 9, 2018
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,537 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
This statue is located in a small park, located across from the above lake. Again, I wondered what he did to deserve having such a statue in his honor. Near it are the bridge with colorful flags and flowers, shops and cafes.
Written October 1, 2017
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WorldTravelOne
Amsterdam, The Netherlands8,659 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
He and his brother were killed after a life of luxury. Politics, intrigue and public outrage made an end to his life. The last part of it was gruesome.
Written August 9, 2017
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Peter_wiwi
Bembridge, UK473 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
Statue of Johan de Witt stands in front of a busy square surrounded by places to stop get a bite or have a coffee. Relaxed traffic free atmosphere.
Written July 27, 2017
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WorldTravelOne
Amsterdam, The Netherlands8,659 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Solo
This is a nice statue and square with shops and restaurants. It is not that special though. Nice is what I would score this.
Written December 30, 2016
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