Egmond aan den Hoef

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Egmond aan den Hoef
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Lamoral, Count of Egmont before the remains of Castle den Hoef (Castle Egmond), and in the background the 13th-century castle chapel which was fully restored in the 17th century
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The town centre (darkgreen) and the statistical district (lightgreen) of Egmond aan den Hoef in the municipality of Bergen (NH.)
Coordinates: 52°37′N4°39′E / 52.617°N 4.650°E / 52.617; 4.650
Country Netherlands
Province North Holland
Municipality Bergen

Egmond aan den Hoef ( 52°37′N4°39′E / 52.617°N 4.650°E / 52.617; 4.650 ) is a village in the Dutch province of North Holland. It is a part of the municipality of Bergen, and lies about 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) west of Alkmaar. Until 2001, Egmond aan den Hoef was part of the municipality of Egmond.

Netherlands Constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Europe

The Netherlands is a country located mainly in Northwestern Europe. The European portion of the Netherlands consists of twelve separate provinces that border Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, with maritime borders in the North Sea with Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. Together with three island territories in the Caribbean Sea—Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba— it forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The official language is Dutch, but a secondary official language in the province of Friesland is West Frisian.

North Holland Province of the Netherlands

North Holland is a province of the Netherlands located in the northwestern part of the country. It is situated on the North Sea, north of South Holland and Utrecht, and west of Friesland and Flevoland. In 2015, it had a population of 2,762,163 and a total area of 2,670 km2 (1,030 sq mi).

Bergen, North Holland Municipality in North Holland, Netherlands

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In 2001 Egmond aan den Hoef had 2491 inhabitants. The built-up area of the town was 0.42 square kilometres (100 acres), and contained 922 residences. [1] The wider statistical area of Egmond aan den Hoef had a population of around 3540, [2] which had risen to 3920 by end 2008. [3]

In Egmond aan den Hoef are the remains of Egmond Castle, the residence of the House of Egmond. The castle was first built in the 11th century, and was destroyed around 1205. It was rebuilt and fortified, and was destroyed again in the 14th century. Again it was rebuilt. In 1573 at the order of William the Silent it was demolished by the Geuzen, led by Diederik Sonoy. The remnants were taken down at the end of the 18th century. During the 1930s the remains were dug up.

Egmond Castle former castle in Egmond aan den Hoef, the Netherlands

Egmond Castle, also called the Ruins of Egmond, is a ruined medieval castle in the Dutch province of North Holland. It is located in Egmond aan den Hoef in the municipality of Bergen, and lies about 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) west of Alkmaar. The castle dates from the 11th century and is the ancestral seat of the Egmond family, whose members became sovereign Dukes of Guelders, Counts of Egmond and Princes of Gavere, Counts of Buren and Leerdam. It is a national monument of the Netherlands.

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Geuzen rebels against the Duke of Alva

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  1. Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Bevolkingskernen in Nederland 2001 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-03-19. Retrieved 2007-01-24.. Statistics are for the continuous built-up area.
  2. Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Gemeente Op Maat 2004: Bergen (NH.) [ permanent dead link ].
  3. Municipality website statistical data Archived 2010-03-09 at the Wayback Machine ..