Bourtange, Netherlands. Built in 1593 (during the Eighty Years' War), this is a great example of a "Star Fort". Both the Spanish and Germans laid siege to the fortress, but neither could conquer it. In the 19th century the fortress was converted into a village. I'll post more in the comments.


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  • do you know how deep the water is?
  • I'm sorry, but I don't know exactly how deep the water is. Although, I assume it's almost certainly less deep than the ocean. In fact, if I had to guess, I'd say it's around 10 feet deep. As long as it's deeper than a man is tall, it's deep enough.
  • Hey Hoohill, have you ever done the St. Augustine fort? This post reminds me of that fort. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castillo_de_San_Marcos
  • Naarden is similar, bit bigger in size i think. check it on google maps here --> Naarden Wiki link
  • Aah The Netherlands... but we have more! Much more!!!
  • There are only 2 things I can't stand in this world, people who are intolerant of other peoples cultures, and the Dutch.
  • fack this, that's Amsterdam (+area).
  • Wow, this is brilliant. I have a special affection for Maltese star forts , but this looks amazing. I'll definitely go there during the weekend !
  • Have you done an AMA?
  • No, but I'm willing to do one. However, it would not be very good. I'm quite dyslexic and I would not reply to questions in a speedy manner.
  • Thank you for quality content, as always. Very interesting read on star forts.
  • This is so cool to explore on Street View: http://goo.gl/maps/q6s88
  • It's like a fairy tale village. On the other hand, no one looks younger than 60.
  • That counts for most fairy tale villages here. Young people don't want to live in idyllic places with grandpa, they want to make fun with like minded people 😉
  • But I want both 🙁
  • Does anyone know what the advantages of the star shape was for the moat and the castle? Like if this formation was a square or just some squiggly shape around the castle how would that be much worse?
  • The key thing was not to leave dead space (areas where attackers could shelter out of the line of fire) and to maximise the area that could be covered by fire from multiple directions. There's nowhere that an attacker could assault without drawing fire from several directions. If the fort was square, the corners would be vulnerable because only the small number of defenders on the corner could fire at attackers. In a star fort, each exposed bastion can be defended by men on the corner itself and men on the two bastions to either side. If the boundary was flowing then this would probably produce dead zones, but there's no chance of this happening if all the sides are straight. Star forts were designed very scientifically to maximise the effect of the defenders' fire, which produced the distinctive shape.
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