After a travel I start to think about the next one. My options for 2015 1st trip were initially Estonia and Scotland but now I'm seriously considering the Netherlands. I already know which cities I want to visit but Utrecht is not one of them though.
The card shows the Oudegracht, the 'old canal' in central Utrecht on the left and the Papal House on the right.
Utrecht is one of the Netherlands' oldest cities, with a compact medieval centre set out around canals unique to the Netherlands.
Utrecht's ancient city centre features many buildings and structures several dating as far back as the Early Middle Ages. It has been the religious centre of the Netherlands since the 8th century.
Another landmark is the old centre and the canal structure in the inner city. The Oudegracht is a curved canal, partly following the ancient main branch of the Rhine. It is lined with the unique wharf-basement structures that create a two-level street along the canals. - in: wikipedia
Paushuize is the second oldest historic building located in the city centre of Utrecht and made in commence of the only Dutch Pope Adrianus VI.
Pope Adrianus VI had the house built before he became a Pope, when he was attached to the court of Charles in Spain. He hoped to return to Utrecht someday. In 1522, he was elected Pope and died one year later in Rome, so he never got to live in his house in Utrecht. Paushuize has a magnificent interior which proves it once functioned as a palace.
In the 19th century, the building became the residence of the Royal Commissioner. Today, parts of the building can be hired for events. - in: http://www.visit-utrecht.com/en/event/papal-house