For centuries Dordrecht has lain at a meeting point of rivers, proudly displaying its striking Grote
Kerk [Great Church], Groothoofdspoort, mansions and warehouses. In the old harbour quarter
the monuments are crowded together, handsome bridges conduct you over the ever-present water
to the heart of the city with its convivial shopping streets. Dordrecht was the first city in the county of
Holland to be granted the privileges of a city, and in the early middle ages it developed into the most
important centre of trading in Holland. The trade, chiefly in wine, timber and grain, did well for the
people of Dordrecht and the many monuments and museums bear witness to this.