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Basilica of Hulst
Basilica of Hulst
Flag of Hulst
Coat of arms of Hulst
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Hulst in a municipal map of Zeeland
Location in Zeeland
Coordinates: 51°17′N 4°3′E / 51.283°N 4.050°E / 51.283; 4.050Coordinates: 51°17′N 4°3′E / 51.283°N 4.050°E / 51.283; 4.050
Country Netherlands
Province Zeeland
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Jan-Frans Mulder (CDA)
 • Total 251.82 km2 (97.23 sq mi)
 • Land 201.44 km2 (77.78 sq mi)
 • Water 50.38 km2 (19.45 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 3 m (10 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 27,370
 • Density 136/km2 (350/sq mi)
Demonym Hulstenaar
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 4560–4569, 4580–4589
Area code 0114

Hulst (About this sound pronunciation ) is a municipality and a city in southwestern Netherlands in the east of Zeelandic Flanders.


Map of the star fort

Hulst received city rights in the 12th century.

In 1645, the Siege of Hulst (to control the left bank of the Schelde river) occurred. It was led by Prince of Orange Frederick Henry, during the Eighty Years' War (1568–1648) with Spain. (An earlier siege by his brother Prince Maurits took place in 1591 who took Hulst also from the Spanish. Spain took it back in 1596.)

A further siege took place in 1702, where General Menno van Coehoorn defended the town successfully for the Dutch and in 1747 when it was taken by the French after incompetent defence by Lt General Pieter de la Rocque.[5]

In the seventeenth century, a star fort was constructed.[6] The fortifications, constructed during that time, are historic examples of Dutch fortress architecture.

The name Hulst (Holly in English) would appear to come from the shape of the battlements. Holly is depicted growing around the towns crest.

Population centers[edit]

Dutch Topographic map of Hulst, July 2013


Hulst is twinned with Michelstadt, Germany.



  1. ^ "College van burgemeester en wethouders" [Board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Hulst. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 4561EA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Further". Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  6. ^ (Dutch) Geschiedenis van Hulst. Hulst Vestingstad

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