"Spanjaardsgat" Spanjaardsgat Tip by OlafS

Spanjaardsgat, Breda: 13 reviews and 15 photos

  Breda: Spanjaardsgat
by OlafS

Spanjaardsgat is the name of this water-gate, which leads to the castle. A legend says that this is where troops from Holland were smuggled into the city to liberate Breda from the Spanish occupation. Not true! First, the gate didn't exist at the time, the event didn't even take place at this location and those troops were in fact protestant rebels who didn't come to liberate the catholic city but rather to conquer it and rob its inhabitants of their possessions and their religion. Holland was Breda's enemy, not its liberator! Nothing heroic really, just the start of over 150 years of protestant minority rule and decay of the city. Unfortunately for a long time the truth wasn't thought to be appropriate for our Holland-centered history books so the more glamorous version was invented, which many people still believe is actually true. Shame.

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  • Updated Oct 24, 2004
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