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The Kattenburgerbrug is still located in the same place but looks completely different today.

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  1. 25 Jul. 1875 1877

On Wednesday, 25 July 1877, Vincent witnessed a tragic accident near the Kattenburgerbrug: when several children fell into the water. Vincent van Gogh’s Uncle Jan, director of the nearby naval dockyard, immediately sent a sloop to rescue them. One boy was seriously injured, and Vincent and two ship’s doctors took him to a pharmacy, where they tried in vain to revive him. That evening, Vincent went to see the boy’s parents. They were devastated by the death of their small son, who had been the “light of the household”.

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