Rotterdam, my City. - Delftse Vaart

There is not much left of the canal that connected the river De Schie with Rotterdam. When it still was in function, it provided the city with a convenient pathway to cities like Delft, The Hague and Schiedam. Along the canal, at the Westside, there also used to be a road. Currently, there is little left of this canal, but the name of the canal itself and some of the names in the surrounding still remind us of its history. For instance, the police offices (pink building on the picture below) and the road next to the canal are named Haagseveer, which is in Dutch a direct reference to the ferry to The Hague that left at that place. One can also find a steel skeleton of the city gate Delftse Poort in the vicinity of where the below picture was taken. The steel construction is kind of a ghostly impression referring to the city gate that used to guard the Northern side of the city. Originally, the Delftsepoort was located at the far end of the road along the canal.

Photo: Delftse Vaart, Rotterdam, by Barend Jan de Jong (Leica M9, Summicron 28mm).

Photo: Delftse Vaart, Rotterdam, by Barend Jan de Jong (Leica M9, Summicron 28mm).