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Published on Aug 3, 2005
The Defence Line of Amsterdam is a system of defense works constructed between 1880 and 1920. It consists of a ring of forts, dams, locks, dykes and ramparts around Amsterdam. It turned the waterways into a weapon under the control of the army and made a military conquest of Amsterdam virtually impossible. Spijkerboor is the only fort where you can see a turret. During the second world war Spijkerboor actually served as a POW prison (prisoner of war prison), the occupiers having quickly understood that the walls wouldnt give way and that a nail file wouldnt get an inmate very far. In more recent times an army of volunteers gradually restored the fort. The fort is now in hands of nature protection interests, groups that have here raised the marriage of history and nature to an art form. Officially designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Site, this site is to be safeguarded for the future as a testimony to its enduring past. The 26-part tv-series HERITAGE SITES of the WORLD is available in Dutch and English.
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