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Asten (About this soundpronunciation ) is a municipality and a town in the southern Netherlands.

Flag of Asten
Highlighted position of Asten in a municipal map of North Brabant
Location in North Brabant
Coordinates: 51°24′N 5°45′E / 51.400°N 5.750°E / 51.400; 5.750Coordinates: 51°24′N 5°45′E / 51.400°N 5.750°E / 51.400; 5.750
ProvinceNorth Brabant
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorHubert Vos (CDA)
 • Total71.34 km2 (27.54 sq mi)
 • Land70.21 km2 (27.11 sq mi)
 • Water1.13 km2 (0.44 sq mi)
Elevation27 m (89 ft)
 (August 2017)[4]
 • Total16,743
 • Density238/km2 (620/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code0493
Topographic map of Asten (municipality), June 2015

It is home to the Royal Eijsbouts bell foundry and also a carillon museum.

The spoken language is Peellands, an East Brabantian dialect.[5]

Population centresEdit


Asten has a rich history going back to the Roman period. In the swamp of the village's national park 'De Peel' an ancient Roman centurion helmet was found. Silhouets of Hunter-Gatherer and Agricultural societies were also found in the area. The village has a castle dating back to the 12th century, at the south of the current village. It has also given its name to the village: "Aa-Stein", or "stone building on the river Aa". A second stone-built fortified building was suspected at the north, at the site of the current Slotweg ("castle road") to be precise. Some stone fragments have been excavated, although no conclusive evidence of a fortified building has been produced here. The village was pillaged and burnt twice in the 17th century, by Austrian and Swedish army troops.

Notable residentsEdit


  1. ^ "College van burgemeester en wethouders" [Board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Asten. Archived from the original on 26 April 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 5721GJ". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. ^ Jos & Cor Swanenberg: Taal in stad en land: Oost-Brabants, ISBN 9012090105

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