"Driel, some more ... and Heteren, a little" Driel Travelogue by Pavlik_NL

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If you have the chance go inside the little church
Fruit tree gradens, asleep in wintertime

About heroism, foolishness and tragedy

A picture that just cries out for a riddle


Heteren, just a little bit further

The village of Heteren is "next" when you follow the dike from Arnhem in Western direction. This somewhat larger brother of Driel is not half as pictoresque as here large semi-industrial area's are built along the freeway A50 running from North to South and crossing the Rhine. However the story of the seperate church and churchtower is definately worth telling here.

A tower and church, not connected

Already in the 13th century the church was standing here. However it was standing outerdikes, so actually with it's fundaments in the riverbed. No it was not that extreme as the church stood on the so called "refugee-hill", a place where one could run to when waters roose high. The hill was instable and the church collapsed. The tower stood tall and is until the day of today there. Later, a new churchbuilding was built, but ... on safe ground, on top of the new dike. When, again later, the dike was strengthened an extra dike was built around the hill, connecting it with the dike on which the church is situated. Still, there's a space between the Dutch reformed church and it's tower and thus it will always be. The inhabitants of Heteren call the tower the "pepperbox". The walls of the tower are 1.40 meters thick. Why? No-one knows. It's a riddle of which time has washed away the answer.

Liberated by Airborne troops

In contrast to the short liberation of Arnhem and Oosterbeek by the British, Heteren was liberated by the American Airbornes after the batlle was lost. The liberation was however futile as Heteren - like Driel became a front village, with a countryside that was inundated. Most citizens here however could stay as the river Rhine offered enough shelter from the enemy.

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