In the extensive basement complex, you are literally closest to the history of the house. This is certainly worth a visit even now. The oldest parts date back to the mid-seventeenth century, the earliest construction phase of the house. A portion of the even older city wall, on which the house is built, is visible here.
There is also an eighteenth-century servant’s kitchen (summer kitchen), which, like the round Maas room, offers a beautiful view of the three-river point. In this space, we are happy to offer you a cup of coffee or tea.
The cellars are particularly suited to telling stories: the recesses of the past, with dark corners, passages, heavy beams, and glimpses. Here, visitors can experience the history of the Patrician House, and thereby that of Holland. In one of the cellars on the street side, the film “The Birth of the Kingdom” is screened.
It covers the Patriot Revolution, the French revolutionary troops, and the occupation by Napoleon. It depicts the French bombardment of Dordrecht in 1813 and the local heroes who defied enemy fire. Often overlooked, this revolutionary, violent period between 1780 and 1815 played a significant role in shaping modern Netherlands.