A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
013: Dog’s patience
When you arrive in Nijmegen by car, it is almost impossible to miss the giant traffic rotund of Keizer Karelplein (Charlemagne Square). More than seventy thousand vehicles use this rotund every day. It is a so-called classic rotund, and may be very confusing for those who make use of it for the first time. The rotund was created in 1879, when the remaining fortress was demolished as part of large-scale urban expansion works. It was named after Charlemagne, who had one of his favorite palaces located in Nijmegen. In 1944, a crucial battle was fought in this square between American paratroopers and the German army. The Americans failed to conquer, which resulted in a decisive delay of the advancing allied troops on their way to neighboring Arnhem. The square now hosts a small park, with some ponds and a statue of Charlemagne. However, it is impossible to reach the park during rush hours. The dogs on the photograph are waiting patiently until they are allowed to cross one of the six streets that gather at the Keizer Karelplein.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2010, 2017