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Breda is a great place to live and to work.
The history of Breda dates back to the early days of the 12th century. Gradually the fishing village developed into a small town surrounded by walls. It was a small market town in which the harbour had a very important role. Merchandise was shipped to Breda from the surroundings to be sold near the port.
In the 14th and 15th centuries, Breda grew into a real royal residence.
In the 16th century, during the reign of Count Hendrik the thirth, Breda prospered. Under the leadership of the count, the city expanded considerably.
After Breda had completed its fortifications, the town could develop into an important economic centre. Periods for over six times, first by the Spaniards, then by the State army and eventually recaptured by the French.
Last century, the city finally developed undisturbedly. In that manner Breda grew into its present shape.
Now, Breda is a medium sized town with a population of about 126.000

Breda the prettiest town of North Brabant, it is a pleasant and easy going town. The centre is compact and eminently scrollable, with a magnificent church, a reasonable art gallery and a brand new cultural centre; there' s range of well priced accommodation, inexpensive restaurants and it' s a good springboard for exploring central north Brabant.
Iin short, it's a fine target, whether you're visiting for the day or looking for a base from which to branch Zeeland,Dordrecht, 'S-hertogenbosch or even Antwerp.
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The house of Brecht
The house of Brecht is the oldest stone building of Breda and owes its name to the Van Brecht family who lived here in the 15th or 16th century.
At the beginning of the 17th century, during the Spanish occupation officers and craftsmen used to live here.
At the beginning of the 19th century, they added the part along the Cingelstraat to the Huis van Brecht, because here sick people of the garrison and the KMA were taken care of.
After the second World War this house became part of the KMA (Royal Military academy.
The building fell into disrepair and it had to be restored thoroughly. Since December 1993 this house hs been used as the library of the Royal Military academy.

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Statue Kasteelplein, Stadholder Willem 111

In the beginning of the 16th century the Kasteelstraat (Castlestreet), gradually developed into a square, this square used to be linked up with the castle.
A lot of fights took place here, during sieges. The Kasteelplein was also the place of execution, where Protestants died by means of torture and were burned at the stake afterwards.
In 1922 a statue of the cavairyman, King - Stadtholder Willem 111 was erected on this square. He was of great importance because he managed to reserve the Netherlands when the French king Louis X1V invaded our country. Several inhabitants of Breda found that this statue was out of place there, because the pigmarket was held on this square. The stadtholder would have hold his nose because of the bad smell of the pigs!
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In the eighties Breda develop plans to transform the motorway into a canal, you probably think how is that possible?
But if you know that until 1827 Breda' s water was in open conection with the Zeeuwse and Hollandische waters,
until they decide to mute and made the first underground parking garage of the Netherlands in the sixties.
You can imagine that everyone was thrilled by the idea to bring the water back in Breda.
In 2007 was the opening and today small boats make it possible to sail around the centre of Breda.
Interesting buildings you pass during the sailing trip are the former prison with it's dome, music theater the Mezz, Spanjaardsgat.
Spanjaardsgat is the place were Adriaan van Bergen in 1590 through a Trojen horse, in this case a ship dislodge the Spanish.
And the office of DJ Tiesto. ( In the photo the building with the flag).

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