Netherlands Naarden Fortified Town - Utrecht Gate

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Gert Lucas

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Naarden is one of the best-preserved fortified towns in Europe and especially famous for its special and well-preserved star shape. The fortress has six bastions, a double wall and a double ring of canals. There is good walking on the defenses. A boat trip around the works is also possible. The extensive fortress designed by Adriaen Anthonisz, of which large parts from the 17th century are still present, is for the most part freely accessible.

Naarden had two city gates from 1673 to 1915, namely the Utrechtsche Poort and the Amsterdamsche Poort. For defense reasons, a road (Kapitein Meyerweg) was built through the ramparts next to the Utrechtsche gate dating from 1680 and renovated in 1877. The gate was preserved and is now known as the Utrechtse Poort. The Amsterdamsche Poort with the water gate, built in 1683-1685, was demolished in 1915.

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