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Sluis a city on the borders of the Netherlands and Belgium

A little bit history of this nice village

Sluis was probably founded around 1260 by the Flemish count Jan I van Namen and originally had the name Lamminsvliet. In 1324 Sluis got its current name. The city owes its existence to the silting up of the Zwin. As a result, the direct connection of the important trading city of Bruges with the sea was blocked and Sluis became the most important port of Brugge. In 1290 the village already received city rights and due to its strategic location, the city became a fortified town in 1382. In 1340 the Battle of Sluis had already taken place in the mouth of the Zwin, which formed the prelude to the Hundred Years' War. In 1385 the construction of the Castle of Sluis was started, which during the French invasion in 1794 was heavily damaged and finally demolished in 1820.
From 1387 Sluis was the most important Burgundian fleet. On January 7, 1430, the marriage took place between Philip the Good and Isabella of Portugal. This reflected the importance of the city at that time. The flowering period of Sluis lasted until about 1450, after which a rapid decline occurred as a result of the silting up of the Zwin.

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