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    Top in the list of best towns.

    by ATLC Written Jun 27, 2004

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    Favorite thing: 17 June 2004: According to recent research by weekmagazine Elsevier, Brielle is 7th on the list of Dutch towns where the living is good. The list, with 50 top places, scored highest on housing, schools, tourism and recreation, safety, medical care, recreation and the average income of the population.

    Fondest memory: For Dutch readers more here:

    http://www.zibb.nl/overheid/nieuwsbericht.asp?artnr=777594&versie=1

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    Copplestock helped free Brielle from the Spaniards

    by Waalewiener Updated Dec 12, 2003

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    statue of Coppelstock

    Favorite thing: His name is Copplestock . he was the man who alerted de '' Watergeuzen '' ,they were Sea Beggars, like Pirates , they freed
    Brielle'' from the Spanish occupation on April 1 1572.
    Still today this day is celebrated in Brielle by an re enactment of this event.

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    Close up of the replica of Geuzen ship in Harbour.

    by Waalewiener Updated Dec 12, 2003

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    Replica of Geuzen ship

    Favorite thing: '' Watergeuzen '' were Sea Beggars but they
    came and layed Anchor at the Maas in Brielle and were told that the town was ready to take ,they stormed the gate and drove out the Spaniard from Brielle ,this ship is a replica and it is used in the celebrations of the event on the first of April each year where a re enactment takes place in the town of Brielle.The ship is not that big
    It is called '' Prince Admirael ''.

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    SINT CATHERIJNE CHURCH

    by LoriPori Written Aug 19, 2005

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    St. Catherijne Church

    Favorite thing: The fifty-metre high tower of SINT CATHERIJNE CHURCH can be seen for miles around and provides a spectacular view of the Brielle star-shaped fortifications. The ancient Church was founded in 1417.

    Fondest memory: Hans and I were overwhelmed by the beauty and size of this church. Remember, that Brielle is just a small town and the church is really a dominating presence.

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    THE HOOFDWACHT

    by LoriPori Written Aug 19, 2005

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    The Hoofdwacht

    Favorite thing: The HOOFDWACHT was the central post for the defence of the town. Today, it is a cafe' and restaurant with an outdoor cafe'. The terrace is usually filled with locals most times of the day -- morning coffee & newspaper -- afternoon tea/coffee -- evening -- perhaps a cool drink. It sure was a happening place.

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    SEA BEGGARS

    by LoriPori Written Aug 19, 2005

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    Cannon & Windmill

    Favorite thing: The SEA BEGGARS captured Den Briel on 1 April 1572. It was the first Dutch town to free itself from the Spanish. You can still see the remnants of the town gates, which were rammed by the ships' masts of the Sea Beggars as they entered Den Briel. Fortress works are still in tact centuries later. Bastions, or Ravelijnen, two gates, the armoury, all are still visible.

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    OUR CRUISE BOAT FOR THE DAY

    by LoriPori Updated Nov 6, 2004

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    Our Cruise Boat

    Favorite thing: Hans' sister and her husband own this awesome boat. It has a kitchenette, bathroom and can sleep up to four people. The floors are teak wood and absolutely beautiful. The captain and first-mate are so proud to own such a beauty.

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    Town walk

    by Mique Updated Dec 12, 2003

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    The shopping street

    Favorite thing: Since i didn't want to miss a thing i took the town walk. Got the info at the desk of the tourist information agency (1,50 euro) and equiped with that brochure i spend a better part of the afternoon taking pictures of these old buildings, reading up on background information and had a very good time in general..

    Since it was november already, i didn't meet any other people doing the same route.. And some people even looked at me when i was trying to get the best possible picture.. But i thoroughly enjoyed myself.

    Fondest memory: I know it sound as a cliche but i have to admit i enjoyed everything.

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    The old town hall and now the Brielle Museum

    by Mique Updated Feb 24, 2004

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    Brielle's old town hall

    Favorite thing: I went to this museum because i already knew a little bit about Brielle and that it had something to do with the Geuzen. But that was the extend of my knowledge... Now, after having visited this museum, my knowledge is much better. It is fun to know that Brielle was the first place liberated of the Spanish in 1572.

    But the museum shows much more than that. It gives you an impression of Brielle through the centuries. With all kinds of things. Paintings, diaries, objects and multimedia...

    Fondest memory: The museum is opened from april the 1st till the 31st of october:
    tuesday -friday 10.00 till 17.00
    saturdays 10.00 till 16.00
    sundays 12.00 till 16.00

    From the 1st of november till 31st of march:
    tuesday-friday 10.00 till 16.00
    saturdays 10.00 till 16.00
    closed on sundays

    And then it is closed on the following days: 31st of december, January the 1st, 30th of april, the first and second easter days, 25th and 26th of december,.

    Admission fee: 2 euro per adult. 1 euro for children (info 2003)

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    gable stones

    by Mique Updated Sep 24, 2004

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    A teacher and his class

    Favorite thing: Everywhere in Brielle you find gable stones. Sometimes they depict the craft of the owner of the house, sometimes it depicts something completely different. There are many very old ones everywhere in Brielle. But there are also very recent ones.

    I for one, like it very much. It adds to the charm of the town.

    The gable stone in the picture depicts a classroom whit a teacher and his pupils. It used to be in the gate that gave entrance to the orphanage. Now it is embedded in the wall of the orphanage building (which is now an office space)

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    Kazematten

    by Mique Updated Feb 24, 2004

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    A kazemat

    Favorite thing: Since Brielle is an old fortified town, it has water all around it. And then a wall. So you can easily defend yourself when need be.. In between the town wall and the opposite wall you can find kazematten. A kazemat is a pointely stretch of land with the point directing away from the town. Kazematten were build for defense purposes..

    The ironic part is that nowadays kazematten look mostly very peacefull since no one is allowed on them..

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    Fortified Village

    by nepalgoods Written Nov 30, 2008

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    Favorite thing: After driving some miles along the Rotterdam Europort with all its factories, harbour cranes and big gas and oil tanks I passed a wall and found myself suddenly hundreds of years in the past: small roads, canals, bridges and tiny neat houses.

    The town walls of the Middle ages were replaced in the end of 17th century and completed in 1713. Today you can still see this fortifications with 9 bastions and 5 ravelins. The fortifications have been restored in the 1970s.

    There is a special website with more informations about Netherslands Fortified Towns

    Fondest memory: I loved the atmosphere of peace and quietness after entering the town

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    Brielle lies on the island Voorne

    by ATLC Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The old town center with my house on it too!

    Favorite thing: Europoort is in fact a huge conglomeration of chemical industry. See travelogue Europoort
    But...hang on...attached to Europoort there is the island Voorne-Putten, an amazingly quiet rural region, rich in history and culture and a great place to live.

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    The martyrs of Gorcum

    by ATLC Written Apr 6, 2008

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    Favorite thing: The hanging of the 19 martyrs of Gorcum (19 martelaren van Gorcum) in July 1572. These catholic priests were hung in Brielle. And there are still yearly (modest) pilgrimages and commemorations to and in Brielle. They used to be quite big. Not so these days, though last year I saw the procession from my center-of-town home window, passing by. An interesting sight in this otherwise mostly protestant town :-)

    Wikipedia article in Dutch
    Wikipedia article in English

    Fondest memory: For a photo, look here
    I'll have to get on my bike to make my own! :-)

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    Proud of History

    by nepalgoods Written Dec 14, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Brielle has been the first city which was freed from the Spanish Occupiers in 1572. This event, which took place on April 1st 1572, is still commemorated every year with parades and a festival. Even though the town looks very quiet and small, in the Middle Ages Brielle was an important port, more important than Rotterdam. But the arm of the river Meuse /Maas, which lead to Brielle and brought all the ships to the town was dammed in the beginning of the 20th century. Rotterdamm took over the roll of important harbour and Brielle stayed a lovely old city.

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