Zevenbergen is a Dutch city which is a part of the municipality of Moerdijk. Zevenbergen is located in the northwest of the province of North Brabant near Breda.

Zevenbergen
Aerial view
Aerial view
Coat of arms of Zevenbergen
Zevenbergen is located in North Brabant
Zevenbergen
Zevenbergen
Location in the province of North Brabant in the Netherlands
Zevenbergen is located in Netherlands
Zevenbergen
Zevenbergen
Zevenbergen (Netherlands)
Coordinates: 51°38′43″N 4°35′59″E / 51.64528°N 4.59972°E / 51.64528; 4.59972Coordinates: 51°38′43″N 4°35′59″E / 51.64528°N 4.59972°E / 51.64528; 4.59972
CountryNetherlands
ProvinceNorth Brabant
MunicipalityMoerdijk
Area
 • Total19.85 km2 (7.66 sq mi)
Elevation0.3 m (1.0 ft)
Population
 (2021)[1]
 • Total14,530
 • Density730/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
4760-4762[1]
Dialing code0168

HistoryEdit

Zevenbergen (literal translation: Seven Mountains) is presumably named after the hills that formed a natural barrier of protection during the time of the Roman Empire. The actual number of hills is debatable however and was most likely not seven. Archeological excavations in 1964 and 1965 revealed that two of the hills were already present during the Bronze Age.

From the mid-nineteenth century until the end of the twentieth century, Zevenbergen was most famous for its sugar production comprising three sugar factories. As a result of the sugar transport requirement, Zevenbergen got its railways, as well as the harbour located at the end of the "Mark" canal.

Zevenbergen was a separate municipality until 1997, when it merged with Fijnaart en Heijningen, Klundert, Standdaarbuiten and Willemstad. The name of the new municipality was originally "Zevenbergen", but was changed to "Moerdijk" in 1998.[3]

Public transportEdit

The Zevenbergen railway station has, together with nearby Oudenbosch, one of the oldest station buildings still existing in the Netherlands. The only older station building is the Valkenburg railway station.

Notable peopleEdit

  • Vincent van Gogh, the famous Dutch painter, lived in Zevenbergen for part of his life.
  • Leo Riemens (1910–1985) from Zevenbergen was a Dutch musicologist and cultural journalist, co-author of Großes Sängerlexikon.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2021". Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Postcodetool for 4761AA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  3. ^ Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten, KNAW, 2011.