Rijsbergen

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Rijsbergen
Rijsbergen in 1866
Rijsbergen in 1866
Coordinates: 51°31′1″N 4°41′46″E / 51.51694°N 4.69611°E / 51.51694; 4.69611
Country Netherlands
Province North Brabant
Municipality Zundert
Population (2007) 6,255 [1]
Church (de Sint Bavokerk) and churchyard

Rijsbergen (population 6,100) is a town in the municipality of Zundert in the southern Netherlands.

In the territory of the former municipality of Rijsbergen was one of the most important border crossings of the country: Hazeldonk. Hazeldonk was ceded in 1997 to Breda.

In the town used to be an AC (Aanmeldcentrum, i.e. Asylum Request Center).

Until 1997 Rijsbergen was an independent municipality, after which it was added to Zundert.

The skyline of Rijsbergen is dominated by the neo-Gothic Roman Catholic church of Saint Bavo, which was built in 1918 as a replacement of a smaller fourteenth-century church. The church is situated in the town centre and is flanked by the former town hall, which has been transformed into a museum.

The countryside around Rijsbergen is dotted with eleven shrines devoted to the Virgin Mary. They were built after the Second World War as a thanksgiving for surviving the war relatively undamaged.

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Coordinates: 51°31′N 4°42′E / 51.517°N 4.700°E / 51.517; 4.700