17th century painting of Slot Purmersteijn

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The Slotplein is an important, historic place for Purmerend. There is not much left to see now, but this used to be the location of an enormous castle, with large donjons on the corners and huge halls. Even bigger than the Muiderslot!

The important administrative and military center Slot Purmersteijn was built in 1410 by the wealthy banker Willem Eggert. As treasurer of Holland and Zeeland, he was one of the most powerful men in the county. He used his power to tackle fraud and bribery within the Dutch nobility. Under his leadership, West Friesland, Texel and the Kop van Noord-Holland were liberated from the tyranny of the nobles and most villages became self-governing.

Eggerts actions were not appreciated by the nobles. During his life he …

The important administrative and military center Slot Purmersteijn was built in 1410 by the wealthy banker Willem Eggert. As treasurer of Holland and Zeeland, he was one of the most powerful men in the county. He used his power to tackle fraud and bribery within the Dutch nobility. Under his leadership, West Friesland, Texel and the Kop van Noord-Holland were liberated from the tyranny of the nobles and most villages became self-governing.

Eggerts actions were not appreciated by the nobles. During his life he received many angry letters from the Dutch nobility. After his death, his family was rejected by this group. Because of this, the name Eggert has no further relevance in Purmerend history. The castle also came back into the hands of the noble families, who left the management entirely to a castellan. Over the centuries, Slot Purmersteijn became a hated symbol of the power of the castellan and in particular the Prince of Orange. When the opportunity presented itself, the regents of Purmerend demolished the castle in 1741.

On the castle square, where the entrance to the castle was originally, you will only find a replica of a part of the castle wall.

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