Gateway to Europe, Rotterdam Europoort
Rotterdam is the largest port in the world, handling over 250million tons of goods annually and providing employment for many thousands of people, with a hinterland of more than 160million people living within a radius of 500km/300mi. The city covers a total area of 247 sq.km/95 sq.mi, half of which is occupied by the port.Europoort (the "Gateway to Europe") is the name given to the huge western port complex; the term Rijnmond is applied to the whole industrial area between Rotterdam and the coast, taking in a number of other towns.
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Brielle (or Den Briel; traditionally called Brill in English), is the chief place on the island of Voorne, which lies to the south of the Europoort. In the 16th century it was an important stronghold on the estuary of the Maas. On April 1, 1572 the Sea Beggars, having been expelled from England, captured the town and thus sparked off the northern provinces' fight for independence.Today some of the city's fortifications and the moat still remain.
Historical Museum & Tromp Museum
The Historical Museum of Brill, housed in a building (1623) which was formerly a state prison and weigh-house in Brill, is devoted to the history of the town and the celebrated Admiral Tromp, a native of the town.
The Grote Kerk or St Catharijnekerk (unfinished) was built in the 15th century in Brabantine Late Gothic style, with a massive stone tower containing a carillon of 48 bells by Francois Hemony (1660).
The Town Hall (Stadhuis; 14th C.), in the market square, has a facade of 1793 in Louis XIV style. On the gable are the words "Libertatis Primitiae" ("The First Fruits of Liberty").
To the north of the town of Brill is the Brielse Meer, once the estuary of the Maas and now an area much favored by water sports enthusiasts.
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