Zevenbergen

Zevenbergen

Zevenbergen is a Dutch city which is a part of the municipality of Moerdijk. Zevenbergen is located in the northwest of the province of Noord-Brabant near Breda.

History

Zevenbergen (literal translation: Seven Mountains) is presumably named after the hills that formed a natural barrier of protection during the time of the Roman Empire. The actual number of hills is debatable however and was most likely not seven. Archeological excavations in 1964 and 1965 revealed that two of the hills were already present during the Bronze Age.

From the mid-nineteenth century until the end of the twentieth century, Zevenbergen was most famous for its sugar production housing three sugar factories. It is as a result of the needed transport of sugar that Zevenbergen gets its railways, but also the harbour located at the end of the canal "Mark".

Zevenbergen was a separate municipality until 1997, when it merged with Fijnaart en Heijningen, Klundert, Standdaarbuiten and Willemstad. The name of the new municipality originally was "Zevenbergen", but it was changed to "Moerdijk" in 1998. [Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, "Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten", KNAW, 2006. [http://www.knaw.nl/cfdata/publicaties/detail.cfm?boeken__ordernr=20061061] ]

Public Transportation

Zevenbergen has its own train station which, together with nearby Oudenbosch, has one of the oldest station buildings still existing in the Netherlands. The only older station building is the trainstation in Valkenburg.

Facts

* Vincent van Gogh, the famous Dutch painter, lived in Zevenbergen for part of his life
* Willem van Oranje, a member of the Dutch royal family lived there for 8 years of his life.

References

External links

* [http://www.kuijsten.de/atlas/nb/zevenbergen.html Map of the former municipality in 1868]


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