FORT BOURTANGE – Star-Shaped Fort of Netherlands
During the Eighty Years’ War, the Spaniards have control over Groningen and the road leading to Germany. William I, the leader of the Netherlands, considers it necessary to block the way between Groningen and Germany. He was decided it would be an optimal way to build a fortress in Bourtange, which is the main road to Germany.
Fort Bourtange is a star-shaped fort located in the village of Bourtange, Groningen, The Netherlands. Fort Bourtange was built in 1593 on the orders of William I. Fort Bourtange has wide trenches. To block enemy cannon balls, the fortress walls is made lower and thicker, and covered by a special layer named Glacis in front of the trenches. This fort became was very popular, so the design adopted by other countries, such as India and Japan.
In 1851 the City of Bourtange turned into a village, more than 100 years later the local government decided to restore the shape of the old fort to its original appearance like in the past and convert it to a museum. Fort Bourtange is the most unique fort with exceptional architecture in the world, there is nothing to match the beauty of this fort.
Pictures of Fort Bourtange
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