Bourtange – Netherlands   Bourtange is a star fort and village in the Westerwolde region of the Dutch province of Groningen. It is a part of the municipality of Vlagtwedde, and lies about 32 km northeast of Emmen.   The fortifications were initially built during the Eighty Years’ War (c. 1568–1648) when William I of Orange wanted to control the only road between Germany and the city of Groningen which was controlled by the Spaniards. This road followed a sandy ridge (tange) through the…

Bourtange – Netherlands Bourtange is a star fort and village in the Westerwolde region of the Dutch province of Groningen. It is a part of the municipality of Vlagtwedde, and lies about 32 km northeast of Emmen. The fortifications were initially built during the Eighty Years’ War (c. 1568–1648) when William I of Orange wanted to control the only road between Germany and the city of Groningen which was controlled by the Spaniards. This road followed a sandy ridge (tange) through the…

Naarden, Netherlands, Naarden, is a Spanish ‘star fort’, a walled town with fortified walls and vantage points shaped like arrow heads sticking out into a double ring of moats.

Naarden, Netherlands, Naarden, is a Spanish ‘star fort’, a walled town with fortified walls and vantage points shaped like arrow heads sticking out into a double ring of moats.

Venetian walls of Nicosia, built by the Venetians to defend the city in case of an Ottoman attack. (Cyprus)

Venetian walls of Nicosia, built by the Venetians to defend the city in case of an Ottoman attack. (Cyprus)

Naarden is a town built within a star fort, complete with fortified walls and a moat. During winter, the defences that once protected the town freeze over.

Naarden is a town built within a star fort, complete with fortified walls and a moat. During winter, the defences that once protected the town freeze over.

Castle of Good Hope  "A Cape Town landmark, the Castle of Good Hope is a prime example of a “star fort”. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, it’s the oldest existing colonial building in South Africa, and has been the centre of civilian, political and military life in the Cape since the 17th century."  WhereToStay Cape Town https://www.wheretostay.co.za/region/cape-town/accommodation

Castle of Good Hope "A Cape Town landmark, the Castle of Good Hope is a prime example of a “star fort”. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, it’s the oldest existing colonial building in South Africa, and has been the centre of civilian, political and military life in the Cape since the 17th century." WhereToStay Cape Town https://www.wheretostay.co.za/region/cape-town/accommodation

Fort Bourtange is a star fort located in the village of Bourtange, Groningen, Netherlands

Fort Bourtange is a star fort located in the village of Bourtange, Groningen, Netherlands

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