Fortified City of Naarden

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Naarden is a municipality and a town in the province of North Holland in the Netherlands and is a textbook example of a popular style of fortification that evolved in Europe during the 16th century.

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In fact it is one of the best preserved fortified towns in Europe today. Back in the 13th century, Naarden was a small fortified town overlooking a stretch of dry ground between the sea and the marshes of the river Vecht. This stretch of land was the only route from the east to Amsterdam and its surrounding lands, making Naarden a strategic fortress.

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After the First World War the need for Naarden as a fortress was over. The army left and it was turned into a monument and preserved just in time to prevent it from being demolished.Fortified City of Naarden (1) 

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