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“A Memorial to American Sacrifices for Dutch Freedom”

Netherlands Carillon
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Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour
Texas Gulf Coast, Texas
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475 reviews
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“A Memorial to American Sacrifices for Dutch Freedom”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

Situated between the Rosslyn and Arlington National Cemetery Metro stations, near the US Marine Corps (Iwo Jima) War Memorial and the National Cemetery, this scenic memorial offers great views of the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument across the Potomac River. Its photogenic, 131-foot (40 m) tall open steel framed bell tower, which commemorates World War II and Dutch gratitude for American assistance in restoring Dutch liberty, has 50 bronze-alloy bells of varying sizes; its 50th bell was dedicated on 5 May 1995 (50th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands). Glass encloses a bell-playing console at 83 feet (25.3 m) above the ground; a rectangular staircase leads up to it, but isn’t open to the public. Its stone plaza is 93 square feet (8.6 square m). A low lava stonewall encloses it. Although the grounds are spacious, this isn’t a playground, but a place of reflection and remembrance. Visited in late autumn, the fall foliage made the entire setting spectacular. Be sure to bring a camera!

Visited November 2012
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East Syracuse, New York
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232 attraction reviews
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“A gift from the People of the Netherlands.”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

The Carillion is square tower with 50 bells. Each Sunday night the bells are used with a concert from late May though September. My visit was on a Sunday afternoon, no concert, but the bells were performing some music. One was the U.S. National Anthem. The Carillion is located just 100 yards from the Marine Corps Iwo Jima Memorial. I have been told the bells are very impressive. Possibly during my next trip to Arlington,I will stop for a concert.

Visited July 2013
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Phoenix
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“Not a destination in and of itself”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

The only reason that we saw this was that we were on our way to the Iwo Jima (USMC) memorial. I understand that it was given in gratitude by the Netherlands, but it does not have the same impact of other memorials.

Visited July 2013
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Renton, Washington
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“Worth seeing and hearing.”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

This is a beautiful gift from the Netherlands to us. It is worth the time to see the carillon as well as hear it. It plays on the 1/2 hour so you don't have to wait a long time to hear and enjoy it.

Visited July 2013
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DeWitt, Michigan
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“Very Pretty, but you can't go up it.”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

I was very impressed with the Netherlands Carillon, it is part of the National Parks system, however, when we went there are stairs that go up to the top but they were locked off. The view to the Monuments with a long lens camera is very awe inspiring.

Visited June 2013
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