Episode 26: The Scale Models of Maastricht

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Did you know there are several scale models of Maastricht hidden throughout the city? This week we talk about three tiny versions of Maastricht and the who, where, why of how they came to be!


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The first two photographs above (top left and top right) are of the original French model of Maastricht made in 1748-1752 showing the Stadhuis and surrounds (1960, left (c) RHCL, right (c) RHCL). The bottom left photograph also shows the original French model of d’Aubancourt, with the Brusselsepoort to the centre and the guard buildings on the Jekerstraat to the left (1960, (c) RHCL).

The fourth photograph (bottom right) shows Wim van Raaij, one of the employees of the Central Workshop for Instructional Resources, working on the copy of the French model in 1974 ( (c) RHCL). The copy was created between 1974 – 1982.

The first photograph above (top left) shows the original French model in colour, taken in 1987 ( (c) RHCL). The second photograph (top right) shows George Lebrun, Marcel Smeets and photographer Jef Naseman in the Musee des Plans Reliefs, photographing the original scale model in 1960 ( (c) RHCL).

The third photograph (bottom) shows the copy of the original French model on display in its entirety in 2013 ( (c) Kleon3 via Wikimedia Commons). In the past, the full model has been put on display every five years while a small portion is permanently on display at Centre Ceramique.

Above is a photograph of the section of the new model on display in Centre Ceramique in March 2020 ( (c) K Marshall). A digitisation and community project for the full model is now underway – and in English! To learn more, make sure to check out the website for the project here. The project needs members of the public to help build a full digital picture of Maastricht. See the video below for a preview of what they are asking members of the public to do!

Above are photographs from the Maastricht 1867 project. In the first photograph (left) you can see the parts of the model on display in the Malt house of Brewery Bosch as of early 2020 ( (c) K Marshall). In the first photograph you can see the Stadhuis but in the second photograph (right) you can see the front and much more of the detail that has gone into creating the model (2020, (c) K Marshall).

The first photograph above (top) shows the Stadhuis in process, with the aid of a glass (or two) of wine ( (c) Maastricht 1867). The second photograph (bottom) shows steady hand working on the Tongerseweg cemetery ( (c) Maastricht 1867).

The first image above (top left) shows the Stadhuis with a matchstick for scale ( (c) Maastricht 1867). The second image (top right) is a process photo of the Nieuwenhof (which you might remember from episode 24) ( (c) Maastricht 1867).

The third photograph above (bottom) shows more of the model in the Brewery with the Stadhuis in the centre of the photo (2020, (c) K Marshall).

Above is a progress map of the 1867 scale model with the green blocks showing what has been completed and the orange showing what is currently being researched or built ( (c) Maastricht 1867).

For more information about Maastricht 1867 you can visit their website here or their Facebook page here! Feel free to contact Meet Maastricht for more information.

The third city model is that initiated by Brother Sigismund Tagage in the 1950s. In the first photograph above (top left) we can see Brother Tagage leading a tour of the Sint Servaaskerk in 1982 ( (c) RHCL). The second image (top right) shows the model in 1957 with the Cellebroeders complex on the left as well as the monastery of the Valley of Josephat ( (c) RHCL).

The third photograph (bottom left) shows a close up of the Tagage model in 1957, with the Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk and the Sint Nicolaaskerk in the foreground and the Sint Servaaskerk and the Sint Janskerk in the background ( (c) RHCL).

The fourth photograph (borrom right) shows the model on display in the Porter’s Lodge of the Beyart complex in 2018, after restoration ( (c) Kleon3 via Wikipedia).

The first photograph above shows a visitor to the Tagage model after Paul Tieman’s extensive work on the restoration of the model (2015, (c) rtvmaastricht.nl). The lower photograph shows the model and spectators after the restoration, before it was placed permanently in the Porter’s lodge (2015 (c) rtvmaastricht.nl). The model will soon be removed from the lodge and put in storage due to the Beyart complex changing hands.

The two photographs above show the opening of the Tagage model display in 2015 on the 26 November ( (c) debeyart.nl).


As always, if you have something you have always wanted to know about Maastricht or wanted to ask a local, please contact us through social media or our website and we will do our best to answer your questions in future episodes!