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Location type: City
Location address: Nederland, Zuid-Holland, Dordrecht
Number of texts: 2
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Dordrecht (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdɔrdrɛxt]), sometimes called Dordt ([dɔrt]), is a city and municipality in the western Netherlands, located in the province of South Holland. It is the fourth largest city of the province, having a population of 118,782 in 2014. The municipality covers the entire Dordrecht Island, also often called Het Eiland van Dordt (the Island of Dordt), bordered by the rivers Oude Maas, Beneden Merwede, Nieuwe Merwede, Hollands Diep, and Dordtsche Kil. Dordrecht is the largest and most important city in the Drechtsteden and is also part of the Randstad, the main conurbation in the Netherlands. Dordrecht is the oldest city in the Holland area and has a rich history and culture.

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Dordrecht: The Oldest City in Holland. The island of Dordrecht is also known for its beautiful network of old canals. In fact, the name ‘Dordrecht’ most likely originates from an older Dutch word meaning ‘thoroughfare’ (Thuredrecht). This word stems from the city’s history as a major European trade port, where ‘thoroughfare’ refers to the canals where ships used to be pulled through. The ships needed to pass through the canals to get from one river to another.

Linked themes: History, Geography

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