Dokkum is a Dutch fortified town in the municipality of Dongeradeel in the province of Friesland. It has 12,576 inhabitants . The fortifications of Dokkum are well preserved and are known as the bolwerken . It is the fifth most popular shopping city in Friesland. It also had the smallest hospital in the Netherlands.
The best-known event in Dokkum's history is the martyrdom of the Anglo-Saxon missionary Saint Boniface in 754. Oliver of Cologne preached the Fifth Crusade in Dokkum in 1214 and Dokkum sent a contingent; the crescent in the coat of arms of Dokkum refers to this event. Dokkum acquired city rights in 1298. In 1572 Dokkum was sacked by the Spaniards after it had joined the Dutch Revolt. In 1597, the Admiralty of Friesland was established in Dokkum. However, it was moved to Harlingen in 1645. In 1971 the city was included in the list of Dutch 'Urban and village conservation areas'.
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