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Schagen is one the larger towns in the province of Noord Holland. When we have vacation in Schoorl, we only go to Schagen when rain s expected.
One of the nice streets in Schagen is called De Loet.
Every Thursday during summer the famous Schagen days is held.

At the end of the 13th century, Florens V, count of Holland, built at least 5 fortresses in the northern region of the province of North Holland. Apart from controlling the supply roads he also built them to consolidate his ultimate victory over the Westfrisians.

The first ones he built were those that once stood at Wijdenes and Medemblik. The latter one still is there. We know it as the Radboud castle.
Then followed Nijenburg castle somewhat north of Alkmaar and Middelburg castle.
In order to defend thedam in the river Rekere (river now gone) he built Nuwendoorn castle.
The river is gone and we now know the village as Krabbendam.
Wether there ever were a castle at the mound of the village Eenigenburg is doubtful, but if so, it might have been a minor twin of Nuwendoorn castle.

All these castle now have been torn down, the only one remaining is the one in Medemblik, Radboud castle. Nowadays it is a museum.
The remains of Nuwendoorn castle are also worth a visit.

The so called Six wheels region at Alkmaar Oudorp are declared cultural heritage. There you will find the silhouette of the Nieuwburg-foundations, which were made visible by raising them by means of an earthen embankment.

Torenburg Castle was an older castle. It was built (or rebuilt) by Florens' father, William II of Holland in about AD 1250, just outside the city-boundary of Alkmaar. This castle also played a role during the struggle of the counts of Holland suppressing the Westfrisians. The foundations of this castle have vanished for ever, after being removed during the digging of the Noord Hollands Kanaal. Some street names in the city of Alkmaar remind of this castle.

The Countship of Holland was a property of Albrecht (Albert) of Bavaria from 1358 to 1404. By his order, Schagen Castle was built at the end of the 14th century. In the first place as a residence of the Lord of Schagen, but in AD 1440 it was rebuilt as a real castle by one of his bastard-sons, William 'the Bastard' of Holland. At present, just two towers of this late Medieval castle remain.
In the summer of 2001 restauration of this site was undertaken.

China has it s wall and West Frisia has it s omringdijk (surrounding dam). What once served as a secure dam against the force of the water. Nowadays it s a green monument, which curls through the landscape as a snake surrounds it s prey. It s more then 126 kilometers long China heeft zijn muur, and the western bow is in the midsth of agricultural land. At the eastern border it meets sweet water and that reminds of the sea fortress which once were the dam.

Farmers, citizen, clergicals, scientists, counts, kings have interfered with this dam as long it excists.
The dam as we know it now had many predecessors which were broken down by the sea and given up by the people that lived nearby.
In the 14th century the dam gets the shape it has now.
Each bend tells its own story. Demolition, devolopment and maintenance are done up to now.

We drove over part of it by car but the best way to enjoy it is by bicycle.

There are several route: Alkmaar-Hoorn, Hoorn-Enkhuizen, Enkhuizen-Medemblik, Medemblik-Schagen, Schagen-Alkmaar.

We drove part of the traject Schagen-Alkmaar.

  • Last visit to Schagen: Aug 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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    May 11, 2004 at 3:16 AM

    Gave foto's! Schagen! Daar zou ik graag nog een keer weer naar toe willen gaan :-)))


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