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Dutch castles in the 17th century


In the Netherlands, the 17th century is also called the Golden Age. The war against Spain was won and the new, proud Republic of the Seven United Netherlands was Europe's leading nation. Due to the enormous economical profits, mainly from the colonies, some people became immensely rich. The Republic was led by the princes of Orange. They had several lovely palaces built in this era, most of which have survived.

 

 

With Holland as it leading nation, there was also much cultural activity, reflected in the paintings of Rembrandt and the like, and in new castles and stately homes.
The typical 17th century castle in the republic was built in a style that we know today as Dutch Classicism. This is a strict classicial style with much eye for geometry. The mixed use of brick and natural stone is an important feature of this style.

Another important characteristic is the strict square ground plan, often combined with pavillions and moats.  
Since the Netherlands were so powerful, this style has been exported to other European countries as well. Most of this dutch classical architecture is seen in England, where the dutch prince William became king and the architectural style is immortably linked with the names William & Mary.
 

In this site, you can see examples of 17th century dutch castles, sorted by province. By clicking on the names of the provinces below, you enter their own pages. These pages are work in progress. The bold and underlined names are already working, but they are not finished, so please visit again. All the pictures in this site, exept the old prints, were made by me. You may use them only for non-commercial activities after my permission. Links are welcome.

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