The Markiezenhof is one of the top 100 Dutch monuments. It was built in 1485 for the Lords, later Marquises of Bergen op Zoom. By 1514 the Markiezenhof had assumed its current dimensions.
Right up until the 18th century the nobility of this area represented an important political and economic power-block, recognised far beyond the borders of The Netherlands. After Bergen op Zoom had passed its peak in terms of economic growth it then took on significance as a garrison town.
From 1819 up until the beginning of the last century the Marquises Palace was used as an infantry barracks by the Dutch military. Between 1963 and 1987 the halls, corridors, towers, courtyards, gardens and galleries of the Markiezenhof were restored to their former original glory.
The Markiezenhof is well known as one of the most beautiful (city) palaces in the Netherlands (or even Western-Europe). A visit to this buuilding is an absolute ‘must do’ when staying in Bergen op Zoom. We followed the signs for the Markiezenhof and were really impressed by the beauty of its Gothic façade at the Steenbergsestraat . After passing the gate – look at the nicely carved little statue of St. Johannes on the door – one comes on the courtyard, with the tower of the palace, nice arcades, well and a gothic portal/baldachin.
Another courtyard shows even more buildings, belonging to the Markiezenhof. There is also the entrance to a small garden.
Nowadays the Markiezenhof has a cultural use with a historical museum about the city of Bergen op Zoom, the public Library. The museum has a small café and a shop. One of the buildings of the Markiezenhof houses a restaurant.
It is free to walk around in the courtyards and garden.
Opening hours museum: Tuesdays through Sundays 11.00 – 17.00 (see also website)
In the historical centre of Bergen op Zoom you´ll find the biggest and the most beautiful citypalace of Western Europe. This late-gothical palace was built at the end of the 15th century to honour the marquises of Bergen op Zoom. The architect were the Belgians Anthonie and Rombout Keldermans. Behind the fabulous exterior walls, you´ll find an overwhelming unity of halls, rooms, galeries, towers, squares and gardens.
Walking through this big palace, you still can feel the elegant way of living of it´s former inhabitants. The collection consists of paintings, furnishment and decorational objects from the 15th untill the 18th century.
The collection of fairground objectsSpectaculair is de omvangrijke you can find in the palace is very rare. It gives you a good view on this entertainment that is a piece of Bergen op Zoom´s history. Besides this exhibition, there are changing collections of art that gives you something new all the time.
The Markiezenhof is the former marquis's palace. Its first origins date from the 14th century, when it was the residence of the lords of Bergen op Zoom, who were granted the title of marquis in 1533. The current complex is the result of various rebuilts and enlargements. In the late 15th and early 16th centuries famous architects of Gothicism Anthonis I and Rombout Keldermans were involved in the work at the complex.
This is a real city palace, which means that it always was surrounded by other buildings. Which means there's more to see behind the gate that you wouldn't notice by strolling through the streets.
The interior from the long gone days is largely preserved and can be admired. There's also a room in 18th-century style, furnished with exhibits coming from other buildings in the country. Furthermore there are changing exhibitions and a permanent one about fun fairs. In the near future a pemanent exhibition about (political) cartoons will be opened.
This late gothic city palace of the Netherlands is located in the historical centre of Bergen op Zoom. This monument is called Markiezenhof and was built in the late 15th century in the honour of the marquis of Bergen op Zoom. It is a huge palace with many rooms, galeries, towers, courtyards and gardens. There's a collection of paintings, furniture, decorations and utensils from the 15th upto the 18th century.
Always changing exhibits from cultural history to modern art.
More pictures of the Markiezenhof in the travelogue.