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Castellum Rodanum
Aardenburg facts

Aardenburg is one of the oldest Dutch villages. The Romans lived here from 170 till 273 using the location as a coastal fortification.
In 273 the Germans chased the Romans away and later also the Vikings came along.

In the Middle Ages the town regained prosperity under the name Rodenburg and it was part of the Lodon Hanze, a cooperation between 17 Flemish cities.

Aardenburg obtained city rights in 1187. The city was fortified time after time. The fortifications made by order of count Gwijde van Dampierre were destroyed in 1383 by troops from the city of Gent.

The next attack was by the "Watergeuzen", who in 1572 destroyed the Maria statue of the Maria church; what had been a pilgrim destination for many years.

in 1604 the city was taken by the "Staatsen" and refortified. That lasted till 1672 when French troops came in.

After the Spanish war of 1701–1714 Menno van Coehoorn ordered the construction of new fortifications.

In World War II Aardenburg was occupied by the Germans and during the liberation in 1944 the St. Bavo church and many housed were destroyed.

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  • Pros:Village with a long history
  • Cons:Rather romote spot in the Netherlands
  • In a nutshell:Castellum Rodanum
  • Last visit to Aardenburg: May 2009
  • Intro Updated Feb 27, 2011
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