The Marquises Palace (Het Markiezenhof) is one of the most beautiful examples of a late Gothic city palace to be found anywhere in Western Europe. It was built in the late 15th century by the famous Flemish master builders Anthonie and Rombout Keldermans as the residential palace of the Lords and Marquises of Bergen op Zoom.



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Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Netherlands


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Kojin_Wolf (4 months ago)
Nice place packed with culture
Jan Willem Visser (7 months ago)
Very nice museum in a medieval building in the heart of Bergen op Zoom, well worth the visit. The building itself is interesting enough, the interior adds another layer (especially the stuffed dog). At the time of visit there was a very interesting exhibition of landscape paintings on loan from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, wonderful. Only point of criticism was the lighting, some paintings were hard to see because of the reflection of light. Why are almost all paintings behind glass nowadays? What's the point of exhibiting them if they can't be looked at decently? Don't forget to visit the exhibitions in the attic about fairground rides.
Saji (2 years ago)
The oldest city palace in the Netherlands showcasing the history of the city (Bergen op Zoom) and its fishing tradition. The world's oldest complete pair of glasses is on display here. A miniature fairground with beautifully lit up attractions takes one back nostalgic memory lanes.
Mieke van der Velden (2 years ago)
The museum explains the origins of the city of Bergen op Zoom, its marquesses and its defenses. The museum is very interactive; audio and video play automatically when sitting in certain places, or pushing buttons (hydro alcoholic gel available in the different rooms of the museum). It's a nice museum for kids, who will have a great time at the "Kermis zolder" where you can find miniature carrousels and other curiosities. Two treasure hunts for kids available: one for the temporary exhibition "Koele wateren" and one for the Kermis zolder. Lockers available at the entrance to leave your bag and coat (tokens available (free) at reception). Due to the covid regulations you must book a timeslot for your visit (70 people can enter the museum every half hour). Facemasks are not required in the museum.
Aravind Gajendran (3 years ago)
Lovely archives. The west brabant photography expo was really nice. Also the history of the half man half fish was quite interesting. Good facades. And they also have a nice cafe inside. Reception staff very friendly. Covid 19 hygience practices very we followed.
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The site was discovered in 1954 in a field owned by the Segni family. No chambers or entrances to the mound have been found, leading to the presumption it was an altar, a temple or a step pyramid. It may have also served an observational function, as its square plan is coordinated with the cardinal points of the compass.

The initial Ozieri structure was abandoned or destroyed around 3000 BC, with traces of fire found in the archeological evidence. Around 2800 BC the remains of the original structure were completely covered with a layered mixture of earth and stone, and large blocks of limestone were then applied to establish a second platform, truncated by a step pyramid (36 m × 29 m, about 10 m in height), accessible by means of a second ramp, 42 m long, built over the older one. This second temple resembles contemporary Mesopotamian ziggurats, and is attributed to the Abealzu-Filigosa culture.

Archeological excavations from the chalcolithic Abealzu-Filigosa layers indicate the Monte d"Accoddi was used for animal sacrifice, with the remains of sheep, cattle, and swine recovered in near equal proportions. It is among the earliest known sacrificial sites in Western Europe.

The site appears to have been abandoned again around 1800 BC, at the onset of the Nuragic age.

The monument was partially reconstructed during the 1980s. It is open to the public and accessible by the old route of SS131 highway, near the hamlet of Ottava. It is 14,9 km from Sassari and 45 km from Alghero. There is no public transportation to the site. The opening times vary throughout the year.