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Le Brabant-Septentrional
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Bergen op Zoom
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Nederland - Bergen op Zoom
Bergen op Zoom was granted city status probably in 1212. In 1287 the city and its surroundings became a lordship as it was separated from the lordship of Breda. The lordship was elevated to a margraviate in 1559. Several noble families ruled Bergen op Zoom in succession until 1795.

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. Those ‘hills’ are called Brabantse Wal, literally meaning ‘ramparts of Brabant’; Bergen in Dutch means mountains or hills and Zoom refers to the border of these ramparts.

Bergen op Zoom became a trading city and merchants from all over Europe came to the city to sell their goods. The beautiful historical buildings on the Grote Markt (Market Square) reflect the wealth of the city.

The city hall (right) is a late Gothic building, dating back to the year of 1398; several fires put the building to ashes; the current building with its late-Gothic façade, dates from 1611. In front of the town hall stands a statue of ‘Anton van Duinkerken’, a local writer, poet and professor (PiP2). Hotel De Draak (left) is the oldest hotel in the Netherlands and is at least dating back to 1397, when a fire almost burnt down the entire city, but the inn was one of the few buildings which survived. City archives turned into ashes and smoke during this city fire, but experts say that Hotel de Draak was at least 100 years old when the city fire emerged.

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72 comments - The latest ones
 Karen's Place
Karen's Place club
Wow, what a place!

HFF to you, Jaap. :)
3 years ago.
 Madeleine Defawes
Madeleine Defawes club
Very beautiful city !
Have a nice weekend
3 years ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
An impressive street scene and as usual great information HFF Jaap I hope you have a nice weekend
3 years ago.
Schussentäler club
Ein sehr schönes Rathaus,
3 years ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
Typical and beautiful façades!!!
Vriendelijke groeten.
3 years ago.
Annemarie club
so well done my friend:)

3 years ago.
Stormlizard club
Well photographed and documanted Jaap. HFF.

3 years ago.
 David G Johnson
David G Johnson club
Yes.. good information... HFF to you Jaap.. from Dj.
3 years ago.
 Guy Bacca (guybac)
Guy Bacca (guybac) club
Bon regard sur l'Hôtel de ville et sa superbe architecture qui resplendit entouré de magnifiques façades...
Bonne fin de semaine
3 years ago.
 Hansruedi Voegele
Hansruedi Voegele club
Sehr schön,mit den Zusatz PIP!
3 years ago.
Gudrun club
Lovely historic buildings, the square looks very attractive to sit and have a coffee:-) HFF, Jaap!
3 years ago.
neira-Dan club
superbes bâtiments - HFF Jaap
3 years ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Splendid ! HFF, Jaap ! Wish you a very nice weekend !
3 years ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
Magnificent buildings, Jaap !!!! Thank you for sharing !! HFF and a great week-end ahead !
3 years ago.
Zulma club
Superb series of photos Jaap!! Have a great WE my friend. HFF
3 years ago.
MaggsMep club
Beautifully done, as always Jaap!
HFF, have a lovely w/e
3 years ago.
Guydel club
La place et les bâtiments sont superbes ! Merci pour les explications ! Amitiés !
3 years ago.
 Luz •.¸¸ ㋡
Luz •.¸¸ ㋡ club
Com o gótico a predominar. Bonita foto!
3 years ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
A superb shot Jaap.
3 years ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Wonderful information to match a terrific capture Jaap,
HFF and a great weekend
3 years ago.
 Karp Panta
Karp Panta
HFF and a very nice weekend !!!
3 years ago.
tiabunna club
Very interesting images and information, Jaap. HFF and best wishes for the weekend.
3 years ago.
 Steve Paxton
Steve Paxton club
Great set of buildings HFF
3 years ago.
 Edward Bowthorpe
Edward Bowthorpe
Lovely shot Jaap,eddie,
3 years ago.
 Frans Van Beers
Frans Van Beers
mooi mijn brabant ;-)
3 years ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Wonderful shot, great architecture, thanks for the info Jaap - HFF and have a nice weekend.
3 years ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
These are impressive building!
3 years ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
sumptuous views, all !!!
3 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen club
has replied to Nora Caracci club
There is anoher glass fence on the left.
3 years ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Three really beautiful and well taken images Jaap.................you really are good at this sort of shot. The details in the architecture are superb. You must get up really early too, as there is hardly anyone around. Great work my friend!

Have a great weekend.
3 years ago.
 Percy Schramm
Percy Schramm club
Beautiful market place with impressive buildings around. HFF, have a fine weekend, Jaap!
3 years ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
HFF. Superbe photo. Nicole.
3 years ago.
 J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot club
The clarity of these pictures is remarkable.
We feel bound to look closer e be part of…
Thank you for the note, Jaap.
3 years ago.
Magnificent building and great info as usual - HFF Jaap and have a good weekend:-)
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
 Dimas Sequeira
Dimas Sequeira club
Superb architecture and info! HFF, Jaap!
3 years ago.
cammino club
Beautiful architecture!
3 years ago.
marvellous capture Jaap, have a wonderful weekend,
3 years ago.
LutzP club
HFF Jaap, enjoy the weekend
3 years ago.
trester88 club
Ein schöner Platz und ein schöner Zaun für die Fietzen! HFF und ein schönes Wochenende!
3 years ago.
Danielle club
MAGNIFIQUE comme toujours...HFF
3 years ago.
 Hélène Lombard
Hélène Lombard club
Beau plan sur ces architectures grandioses !!
3 years ago.
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Jaap

Very nice picture, and I spotted two fences in it!!

Best Wishes, HFF, and a Good Weekend
3 years ago.
 Nathalie D
Nathalie D club
Jolie prise de vue !
3 years ago.
 Roger Bennion
Roger Bennion club
Very impressive architecture and super detail.
HFF and wishing you a great weekend, Jaap.
3 years ago.
Ecobird club
A beautifully captured series of images Jaap. What a lovely place and it looks so quiet. I do like to read the history behind your photos. HFF and have a great weekend
3 years ago.
 Simone Maurel
Simone Maurel club
magnifique ville et histoire
3 years ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
Superb photos and wonderful information !
3 years ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
heel mooi en een mooi verhaal
3 years ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
Schöne Architektur. Tolle Fassaden. Prima aufgenommen. Danke für die Info!
3 years ago.
1banaan club
Lekker rustig op het terras. Mooie inzetjes.
3 years ago.
 Joe, Son of the Rock
Joe, Son of the Rock club
A beautiful composition with strong diagonals.
3 years ago.
 Leo W
Leo W club
In Bergen war ich noch nie. Aber deinen Bildern nach habe ich etwas versäumt
3 years ago.
 Dick M
Dick M
Beautiful buildings. Well done.
3 years ago.
TOZ club
Hi Jaap beautiful building super Image. Best regards TOZ.
3 years ago.
 Jadviga Grase
Jadviga Grase club
Very interesting buildings...well photographed .
Have a nice weekend, Jaap!
3 years ago.
 Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann club
an imposing architecture...
3 years ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
A beautiful town and three lovely pictures.
3 years ago.
grobi358 club
Thanks Jaap for the detailed informations to your exellent Pictures!
3 years ago.
neira-Dan club
Belle série sur une architecture magnifique
3 years ago.
Beautiful architectures !
3 years ago.
 Adriana Grecu
Adriana Grecu
Beau regard!
3 years ago.
 Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* club
superbe et les explications très intéressantes ! Merci !********************
3 years ago.
Léopold club
I am just so fond of Netherlands architecture Jaap.
3 years ago.
Esther club
Gorgeous architecture.
3 years ago.
 Gary Schotel
Gary Schotel club
Awesome buildings.
3 years ago.
sea-herdorf club
Prächtige Giebel zeugen von dem einstigen Reichtum der Stadt, Jaap.
3 years ago.
 Meral Alkim
Meral Alkim
3 years ago.
 Graham Chance
Graham Chance club
Beautiful architecture Jaap.
3 years ago.
Ur@nos club
Oh, in Bergen op Zoom habe ich 6 Monate gelebt, in Steenbergen gearbeitet. Es war eine sehr schöne Zeit. Vielen Dank für das Zeigen, Jaap. Ich kann mich noch gut daran erinnern, wie die Kirche zu Karneval verkleidet / angezogen wurde.
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen club
has replied to Ur@nos club
Bergen op Zoom ist eine sehr schöne Stadt.
3 years ago.
Ur@nos club
has replied to Jaap van 't Veen club
Es gibt dort sehr gute Billardspieler.
3 years ago.
 Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific
Very beautiful town square.
3 years ago.

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