The front of fort Benoorden

Fort Benoorden

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Kwadijkerweg 2
1461 DW Zuidoostbeemster
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Fort Benoorden is one of the fortresses of the Defense Line of Amsterdam, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage 'Dutch Water Lines'. This defense line was constructed between 1880 and 1914, 15 to 20 kilometers around Amsterdam.

Within this ring of fortresses, the army, the government and the king could withdraw from (possible) attacks on the Netherlands. Through an ingenious system, the land around the defense line could be flooded. Too shallow for boats and too deep for man and horse. Five forts and an inundation lock of this defense line are located in the Beemster.

This fort was built to defend the vulnerable points formed by the Beemsterringdijk, Purmerenderweg and Rijperweg and was completed in 1895. The bombproof main building from 1912 is connected to the two smaller dome buildings by covered corridors. Today, wine is stored between the thick walls of this fortress, because a wine importer has set up shop here in 1981.

The fort north of Purmeren…

Within this ring of fortresses, the army, the government and the king could withdraw from (possible) attacks on the Netherlands. Through an ingenious system, the land around the defense line could be flooded. Too shallow for boats and too deep for man and horse. Five forts and an inundation lock of this defense line are located in the Beemster.

This fort was built to defend the vulnerable points formed by the Beemsterringdijk, Purmerenderweg and Rijperweg and was completed in 1895. The bombproof main building from 1912 is connected to the two smaller dome buildings by covered corridors. Today, wine is stored between the thick walls of this fortress, because a wine importer has set up shop here in 1981.

The fort north of Purmerend was only added to the Defense Line of Amsterdam at a later stage (1907). A number of new insights were used in the construction of this fortress, which is part of the northern front of the Defense Line. One of the innovations that was applied was the construction of so-called posterns - corridors covered with steel and concrete - which formed a completely safe connection between the main building and the gun units. Posterns were built leading to the two armored turrets, in which the large artillery pieces were positioned, and to the machine gun positions that were positioned at the front. 

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