Bastion Oranje is a defensive work on the city walls of 's-Hertogenbosch. The name is due to the fact that this bastion was built by order of the State government. This was in 1634.
Bastion Oranje was built against the remnants of the medieval city wall. A tower of the wall was rebuilt into a hollow bastion. This meant that there was water inside the bastion. If the enemy had passed through, they still had to overcome the water.
The bastion lost its defensive function in 1874 by the Vestingwet. The walls of the bastion did have the water-retaining function. This role it still fulfills today.
In 2009, the 'Bastionder' information center was opened at the bastion. Here you can learn more about the history of the fortifications of Den Bosch. Also here is the restored cannon Boze Griet ('Angry Maid').
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