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Haarlem is a small town, situated near Amsterdam about 20 km from the Dutch capital. It is know for it's rich history, beautiful architecture and it's prominent market square. The Sint-Bavokerk is the symbol of the city which lies also at the market square. Once a former catholic cathedral, now being a protestant church, it is renowned for it's stunning yet puritan structure also.
The city is one of the wealthiest in the country, providing many fine shops with famous brands and also quality restaurants.
Like most Dutch cities, the city also has a well developed and connected canals with lovely houses, which makes the city even more pleasant.
The flourishing culture can be sensed in Haarlem,due the fact, it is a worthy destination for everybody.
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The history of Haarlem dates back to the 10th century and its name origin is very meaningful, as it shows how most Dutch contemporary cities started being built. The name comes from “Haarlo-heim”, which means “piece of land higher than others around it”, and the best defense the early settlement had was to build some walls made out of earth and dig a canal around the city. It led quite a prosperous existence until it was decimated by three consecutive fires that destroyed all the houses, which were made of wood, and by the Black Death, which came in 1381 and killed about 5000 people, half of that day’s population... Read more »
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