Zevenbergen

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For the American basketball player, see Phil Zevenbergen.
Zevenbergen
Coat of arms of Zevenbergen
Coat of arms
Coordinates: 51°38′43″N 4°35′59″E / 51.64528°N 4.59972°E / 51.64528; 4.59972
Country Netherlands
Province Noord-Brabant
Municipality Moerdijk
Population 14,127

Zevenbergen is a Dutch city which is a part of the municipality of Moerdijk. Zevenbergen is located in the northwest of the province of Noord-Brabant near Breda.

History[edit]

Zevenbergen (literal translation: Seven Mountains) is presumably named after the hills that formed a natural barrier of protection during the time of the Roman Empire. The actual number of hills is debatable however and was most likely not seven. Archeological excavations in 1964 and 1965 revealed that two of the hills were already present during the Bronze Age.

From the mid-nineteenth century until the end of the twentieth century, Zevenbergen was most famous for its sugar production comprising three sugar factories. As a result of the sugar transport requirement, Zevenbergen got its railways, as well as the harbour located at the end of the "Mark" canal.

Zevenbergen was a separate municipality until 1997, when it merged with Fijnaart en Heijningen, Klundert, Standdaarbuiten and Willemstad. The name of the new municipality was originally "Zevenbergen", but was changed to "Moerdijk" in 1998.[1]

Public transport[edit]

Zevenbergen has its own train station which, together with nearby Oudenbosch, has one of the oldest station buildings still existing in the Netherlands. The only older station building is in Valkenburg.

Facts[edit]

  • Vincent van Gogh, the famous Dutch painter, lived in Zevenbergen for part of his life.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten, KNAW, 2006.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°38′43″N 4°35′59″E / 51.64528°N 4.59972°E / 51.64528; 4.59972