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2020-05-30 Bergen op Zoom Netherlands (18 photos)
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Bergen op Zoom

18 photos from Bergen op Zoom
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2020-05-30

Bergen op Zoom is a a city located in the south of the Netherlands. The city was built on a place where two types of soil meet: sandy soil and marine clay. The sandy soil pushed against the marine clay, accumulating and forming hills over several centuries. People called those hills the `Brabantse Wal`. Zoom refers to the border of these ramparts and bergen means mountains. The name has nothing to do with the little channel `Zoom`, which was later built through Bergen op Zoom. Bergen op Zoom was granted city status probably in 1212. In 1287 the city and its surroundings became a lordship, which was elevated to a margraviate in 1559. Several noble families ruled the city until 1795. During the early modern period, Bergen op Zoom was a very strong fortress and one of the main armories and arsenals of the United Provinces. The city was one of the strategic points held by the Dutch during their revolt in the Eighty Years War. Bergen op Zoom got the nickname La Pucelle or The Virgin as it was never successfully taken in a siege. In 1747, during the War of the Austrian Succession, the French army laid siege to the city. During the War of the Sixth Coalition, the town was again besieged by the British. We visited the beach at the Binnenschelde lake in the spring of 2020.

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Bergen op Zoom

18 photos from Bergen op Zoom
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2020-05-30

Bergen op Zoom is a a city located in the south of the Netherlands. The city was built on a place where two types of soil meet: sandy soil and marine clay. The sandy soil pushed against the marine clay, accumulating and forming hills over several centuries. People called those hills the `Brabantse Wal`. Zoom refers to the border of these ramparts and bergen means mountains. The name has nothing to do with the little channel `Zoom`, which was later built through Bergen op Zoom. Bergen op Zoom was granted city status probably in 1212. In 1287 the city and its surroundings became a lordship, which was elevated to a margraviate in 1559. Several noble families ruled the city until 1795. During the early modern period, Bergen op Zoom was a very strong fortress and one of the main armories and arsenals of the United Provinces. The city was one of the strategic points held by the Dutch during their revolt in the Eighty Years War. Bergen op Zoom got the nickname La Pucelle or The Virgin as it was never successfully taken in a siege. In 1747, during the War of the Austrian Succession, the French army laid siege to the city. During the War of the Sixth Coalition, the town was again besieged by the British. We visited the beach at the Binnenschelde lake in the spring of 2020.

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Bergen op Zoom

18 photos from Bergen op Zoom
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2020-05-30

Bergen op Zoom is a a city located in the south of the Netherlands. The city was built on a place where two types of soil meet: sandy soil and marine clay. The sandy soil pushed against the marine clay, accumulating and forming hills over several centuries. People called those hills the `Brabantse Wal`. Zoom refers to the border of these ramparts and bergen means mountains. The name has nothing to do with the little channel `Zoom`, which was later built through Bergen op Zoom. Bergen op Zoom was granted city status probably in 1212. In 1287 the city and its surroundings became a lordship, which was elevated to a margraviate in 1559. Several noble families ruled the city until 1795. During the early modern period, Bergen op Zoom was a very strong fortress and one of the main armories and arsenals of the United Provinces. The city was one of the strategic points held by the Dutch during their revolt in the Eighty Years War. Bergen op Zoom got the nickname La Pucelle or The Virgin as it was never successfully taken in a siege. In 1747, during the War of the Austrian Succession, the French army laid siege to the city. During the War of the Sixth Coalition, the town was again besieged by the British. We visited the beach at the Binnenschelde lake in the spring of 2020.

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Bergen op Zoom

18 photos from Bergen op Zoom
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2020-05-30

Bergen op Zoom is a a city located in the south of the Netherlands. The city was built on a place where two types of soil meet: sandy soil and marine clay. The sandy soil pushed against the marine clay, accumulating and forming hills over several centuries. People called those hills the `Brabantse Wal`. Zoom refers to the border of these ramparts and bergen means mountains. The name has nothing to do with the little channel `Zoom`, which was later built through Bergen op Zoom. Bergen op Zoom was granted city status probably in 1212. In 1287 the city and its surroundings became a lordship, which was elevated to a margraviate in 1559. Several noble families ruled the city until 1795. During the early modern period, Bergen op Zoom was a very strong fortress and one of the main armories and arsenals of the United Provinces. The city was one of the strategic points held by the Dutch during their revolt in the Eighty Years War. Bergen op Zoom got the nickname La Pucelle or The Virgin as it was never successfully taken in a siege. In 1747, during the War of the Austrian Succession, the French army laid siege to the city. During the War of the Sixth Coalition, the town was again besieged by the British. We visited the beach at the Binnenschelde lake in the spring of 2020.

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Click on the slide!

Bergen op Zoom

18 photos from Bergen op Zoom
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2020-05-30

Bergen op Zoom is a a city located in the south of the Netherlands. The city was built on a place where two types of soil meet: sandy soil and marine clay. The sandy soil pushed against the marine clay, accumulating and forming hills over several centuries. People called those hills the `Brabantse Wal`. Zoom refers to the border of these ramparts and bergen means mountains. The name has nothing to do with the little channel `Zoom`, which was later built through Bergen op Zoom. Bergen op Zoom was granted city status probably in 1212. In 1287 the city and its surroundings became a lordship, which was elevated to a margraviate in 1559. Several noble families ruled the city until 1795. During the early modern period, Bergen op Zoom was a very strong fortress and one of the main armories and arsenals of the United Provinces. The city was one of the strategic points held by the Dutch during their revolt in the Eighty Years War. Bergen op Zoom got the nickname La Pucelle or The Virgin as it was never successfully taken in a siege. In 1747, during the War of the Austrian Succession, the French army laid siege to the city. During the War of the Sixth Coalition, the town was again besieged by the British. We visited the beach at the Binnenschelde lake in the spring of 2020.

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