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15/27.- Holland, Dordrecht

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Dordrecht, albeit a small town, has a rich history. With city rights granted in 1220, it is the oldest city in the Netherlands. It is here (in one of the halls accessed through the Hof, the small courtyard shown in the picture) that representatives of all Dutch cities met to declare their independence from Spain and to acknowledge William of Orange as their leader, thus marking the origin of the Dutch state, but also of the War with Spain.

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