Grave, Netherlands

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Grave town centre
Grave vlag.svg
Coat of arms of Grave.svg
Coat of arms
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Location in North Brabant
Coordinates: 51°46′N5°44′E / 51.767°N 5.733°E / 51.767; 5.733 Coordinates: 51°46′N5°44′E / 51.767°N 5.733°E / 51.767; 5.733
Country Netherlands
Province North Brabant
  Body Municipal council
   Mayor Lex Roolvink (VVD)
  Total28.03 km2 (10.82 sq mi)
  Land27.18 km2 (10.49 sq mi)
  Water0.85 km2 (0.33 sq mi)
10 m (30 ft)
 (January 2019) [4]
  Density459/km2 (1,190/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
5360–5364, 5438
Area code 0486
Dutch Topographic map of Grave, June 2015 Gem-Grave-OpenTopo.jpg
Dutch Topographic map of Grave, June 2015

Grave (Dutch:  [ˈɣraːvə] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen ); formerly De Graaf) is a municipality in the Dutch province North Brabant. The municipality had a population of 12,483 in 2019. Grave is a member of the Dutch Association of Fortified Cities.


The municipality includes the following towns : Grave (capital), Velp, Escharen and Gassel.


Grave received city rights in 1233.

The municipality Grave was formed in the Napoleonic era (1810) and coincided with the fortified Grave and immediate surroundings. The history of the town was thus linked to that of the place.

This changed in 1942. Then there was a reclassification place where the municipality Grave was expanded with the previously independent municipalities Velp and Escharen. Moreover, in 1994 the neighboring municipality of Beers was abolished and a part thereof, the parish Gassel, was also added to the municipality Grave.

Near to Grave lies a bridge, now called John S. Thompsonbrug, built in 1929. It is the northern connection to Gelderland, spanning the river Maas. The bridge was one of the key strategic points in Operation Market Garden; the city was liberated at 17 September 1944, but suffered very little damage. The bridge was named in 2004 after Lieutenant John S. Thompson who commanded the platoon of the 82nd Airborne Division that captured the bridge.

The Hampoort is the old entrance to the city, and it is still largely intact and can be visited.

Notable people

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Mary of Guelders




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