Star-Shaped Fort Bourtange

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Fort Bourtange was built in the 16th century, during the age of gunpowder when the cannon came to dominate the battlefield. Roughly resembling the shape of a star, it was built as a fortification on the Bourtange passage, which was the main road leading to Germany. Its shape would easily allow to defend against horizontal artillery fire.

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In 1851 the fort town of Bourtange was converted into a village. Over 100 years later in 1960, the local government decided to restore the old Fort to its 1740-1750 appearance and made into a historical museum.

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