Statues and Monuments Tour (Self Guided), Maastricht

Maastricht’s citizens are spiritual people who have a good sense of humor. Their attitude towards life, as well as their customs and traditions, are reflected in the numerous statues and monuments found all over the city. The following guide will lead you to the most famous sculptures in Maastricht.
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Statues and Monuments Tour Map

Guide Name: Statues and Monuments Tour
Guide Location: Netherlands » Maastricht (See other walking tours in Maastricht)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Author: ellen
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Jan Pieter Minckeleers
  • Mooswief
  • Sint Amorzuil
  • Hawt Uuch Vas Fountain
  • Hendrik van Veldeke
  • Statue of Fons Olterdissen
  • Levensvreugd
  • Pieke oet de Stokstraot
  • Mestreechter Geis
  • Mariamonument
  • Limburgs Oorlogsmonument
Jan Pieter Minckeleers

1) Jan Pieter Minckeleers

Visiting Markt Square you will notice a statue with an eternal flame that is located between St. Mathias Church and City Hall. This is a statue of Jan Pieter Minckeleers, a famous Dutch scientist and inventor who died in 1824. Jan Pieter Minckeleers invented gas lighting. In Maastricht, Minckeleers taught at the École Centrale. The statue was designed by Bart van Hove and was unveiled in 1904. It is made of bronze.

2) Mooswief

Another statue you can see on Markt Square is Mooswief, or the Vegetable Woman. Farmers from the vicinity would frequently come to sell their fresh vegetables at Markt Square, which was always the heart of Maastricht’s trade. The sculpture is the last work of sculptor Charles Vos. It is made of stone and bronze and was unveiled in 1953. Unfortunately the creator of Mooswief died before he could witness the unveiling. Every year on the Saturday before the Carnival, a wreath made of vegetables is put on the statue’s shoulders.
Sint Amorzuil

3) Sint Amorzuil

Sint Amorzuil, or St. Amor Column, is a piece by sculptor Charles Vos. The monument is located on the square that bears the same name. Amor was a Frenchman who went on a pilgrimage to the grave of St. Servatius in Maastricht. He spent his last days in this city. He was buried in a chapel located at the square. Today the chapel no longer exists and Amor's remains were relocated. The statue of the saint is made of French limestone and is set on a 22-meter-high sandstone pillar. It was unveiled in 1951.
Hawt Uuch Vas Fountain

4) Hawt Uuch Vas Fountain

Hawt Uuch Vas Fountain is located at Maastricht's central square, Vrijthof. It is related to Carnival and symbolizes community and spirit, fun and charity. The sculpture depicts five carnival figures, two men, two women and a child, in masks, dancing hand in hand around the fountain. The work was made by sculptor Frans Gast and was unveiled in 1978.
Hendrik van Veldeke

5) Hendrik van Veldeke

The statue of Hendrik van Veldeke is located at a small square named in his honor near St. Servaas Church. Hendrik van Veldeke was the first author to write in Dutch. One of his well-known works, "The Legend of St. Servatius", was written in the 12th century. His other famous story is about the Trojan hero Eneas. He also wrote stories, poems and songs that were sung by troubadours across Europe. The statue of Hendrik van Veldeke is made of bronze and was created by famous Maastricht sculptor Charles Vos. It was unveiled in 1934.
Statue of Fons Olterdissen

6) Statue of Fons Olterdissen

Fons Olterdissen was an important local cultural figure. He was a Dutch poet, a writer and a composer who wrote the Maastricht anthem. He was often called a “Renaissance man” due to his range of talents. Fons Olterdissen wrote his works in Maastricht dialect. Several decades after his death a statue was built in his honor. Willem Hofhuizen created a sculpture of Fons Olterdissen addressing his children, two boys and a girl. The work is made of bronze and was unveiled in 1961 on Grote Looiersstraat.

7) Levensvreugd

Wandering across Grote Looiersstraat you will see a statue on top of a Roman column. It depicts a mother with four children. Levensvreugd, also known as the Child Monument, translates from Dutch to Living Joy. The monument is a call for people to help and support those suffering financial and social problems, especially children, as they represent the future. Levensvreugd was created by sculptor Willem Hofhuizen in 1957. The monument is made of bronze, sandstone, bluestone and cobbles.
Pieke oet de Stokstraot

8) Pieke oet de Stokstraot

Pieke oet de Stokstraot is one of the most famous and interesting monuments in Maastricht. It depicts a boy sitting on a wall with his dog Maoke and selling cigarettes to passers-by. Pieke and his dog are two characters from a novel by Bèr Hollewijn. Pieke lived on Stoksstraat at a time when the city suffered from great poverty. The piece was designed by R. van Kesteren and created by sculptor Nicolas Van Ronk Stein. It was unveiled in 1996.
Mestreechter Geis

9) Mestreechter Geis

Mestreechter Geis is the Spirit of Maastricht. It reflects Maastricht citizens’ humor, spirituality and creativity. The statue also has become a symbol of Maastrciht’s Carnival. Mestreechter Geis is a character from an operetta by Lou Maas and was originally a harlequin from the Comedie dell' Arte. The statue is made of bronze and stands on a lava rock pedestal. It was created by Mari Andriessen and was given as a gift to Mayor Michiel Baron of Kessinich for his jubilee in 1962.

10) Mariamonument

Mariamonument depicts Mary with the infant Jesus in her arms. The statue rests on a 9-meter-high column. The four bishops of the city, Servatius, Lambert, Monulphus and Hubert, recognizable by their badges, stand on the corners. The monument was created by Albert Termote and was purchased by the municipality of the city at an exhibition of Viennese art held in 1956.
Limburgs Oorlogsmonument

11) Limburgs Oorlogsmonument

Limburgs Oorlogsmonument was made by famous sculptor Charles Eyck, who created many other works in Maastricht. Oorlogsmonument translates to Limburg War Memorial and is also called the Liberation Monument. It depicts eight figures and a bowl of flame made of bronze, which stand on a concrete base. The soldier at the front has broken the chain of oppression; beside him women and children are dancing and glorifying their saviors. The monument is to remind onlookers of the ardent enthusiasm felt by all Maastricht citizens on the day when WWII ended. The monument is located on Koningsplein and was unveiled in 1952.

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