Bocholtz

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Bocholtz
Town
The church in Bocholtz as seen from the Orsbacherweg
The church in Bocholtz as seen from the Orsbacherweg
Location of Bocholtz
Coordinates: 50°N 6°E / 50°N 6°E / 50; 6Coordinates: 50°N 6°E / 50°N 6°E / 50; 6
Country Netherlands
Province flag of Limburg Limburg
Municipality Flag of Municipality Simpelveld Simpelveld
Population (1 January 2007)
 • Total 5,573
 • Density 705/km2 (1,830/sq mi)
  Source: CBS, Statline.
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Castle De Bongard, Bocholtz

Bocholtz (50°49′N 6°0′E / 50.817°N 6.000°E / 50.817; 6.000) is a town in the Dutch province of Limburg. It is a part of the municipality of Simpelveld, and lies about 7 km southwest of Kerkrade. Until 1982, it was a separate municipality.

In January 2007, Bocholtz had 5,573 inhabitants.[1] The built-up area of the town was 0.76 km², and contained 1,810 residences.[2]

History[edit]

Bocholtz dates back to the Roman era. A Roman villa was found in the Vlengendaal, a street of Bocholtz, in 1911. A farmer plowing his land found a Roman sarcophagus in October 2003.

Architecture and buildings[edit]

Castle De Bongard[edit]

The Castle De Bongard dates from the 16th century. The current building only represents 1/4 of the original building. The rest was destroyed during the invasion by the French during the Napoleonic Wars.

Hoeve Overhuizen[edit]

Hoeve Overhuizen is a fortified farm with roots dating back as far as the 13th century.

Church[edit]

The church was built between 1869 and 1873 by architect Pierre Cuypers. While expanding the church in 1953, they found the remains of a building from the late medieval period. The patron saint is St. Jacob.

Regional language[edit]

Bocholtz is part of The Netherlands and therefore the official language is Dutch. A lot of people also speak Bocholtzer, a regional language that depending of the definition belongs to Ripuarian or Limburgish. It is also referred to as Southeast Limburgish.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Municipality Simpelveld, ' [1].
  2. ^ Dutch bureau of Statistics (CBS), ' [2].

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