Bergen op Zoom is situated in the South Western part of The Netherlands, nearby the Belgian border. Nowadays its strategic positions is connected to a variety of logistical components, such as international water- and motorways. Situated between the main ports Antwerp and Rotterdam, Bergen op Zoom is the centre of the regions Flanders, Holland, Zeeland and Brabant.
History of Bergen op Zoom:
When the uprising against the Spanish king Fillips The Second occurred, the factions became aware of the military importance of Bergen op Zoom. Bergen op Zoom was the key to the revolting provinces in The Netherlands. Since 1570 Bergen op Zoom became an important walled town with robust fortifications and a garrison. In the 19th century Bergen op Zoom lost its importance as a walled town. Most of the fortification were demolished. The prisoners gate is the only relict from the Middle ages walls. This massive gate is build in about 1330 and expanded in the 16th century to host prisoners. From the fortifications of the 17th century the fortification line north of Bergen op Zoom has remained. What is left from the 18th century fortifications of Menno van Coehoorn is one demi lune (ravelin). It is likely that a great number of relicts of these huge fortifications is still in the subsurface. Sometimes it happens walls, mine galleries, canon balls and other relicts are found. Bergen op Zoom has a massive and very accurate scale model of Bergen op Zoom which illuminates the fortifications in the 18th century. This scale model is on loan from us from of the prestigious Musée des Plans Reliefs in Paris. In short: Bergen op Zoom has a very interesting and rich fortification history.
Today Bergen op Zoom is an attractive town with more than 800 monuments, a rich history and beautiful surroundings. Bergen op Zoom is an attractive destination for tourists and visitors. For more information please visit our tourist board: www.vvvbrabantsewal.nl
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