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Asten, Netherlands

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Asten, Netherlands

Flag of Asten
Highlighted position of Asten in a municipal map of North Brabant
Location in North Brabant
Country Netherlands
Province North Brabant
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Hubert Vos (CDA)
 • Total 71.34 km2 (27.54 sq mi)
 • Land 70.21 km2 (27.11 sq mi)
 • Water 1.13 km2 (0.44 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 27 m (89 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 16,565
 • Density 236/km2 (610/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Astenaar
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 5720–5725
Area code 0493
Website .nl.astenwww
Topographic map of Asten (municipality), June 2015

Asten (   ) is a municipality and a town in the southern Netherlands.

It is home to the Royal Eijsbouts bell foundry and also a carillon museum.

The spoken language is Peellands (an East Brabantian dialect, which is very similar to colloquial Dutch).[5]


  • Population centres 1
  • History 2
  • Notable residents 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Population centres


Asten has a rich history going back to the Roman period. In the swamp of the village's national park 'De Peel' an ancient Roman centurion helmet was found. Silhouets of Hunter-Gatherer and Agricultural societies were also found in the area. The village has a castle dating back to the 12th century, at the south of the current village. It has also given its name to the village: "Aa-Stein", or "stone building on the river Aa". A second stone-built fortified building was suspected at the north, at the site of the current Slotweg ("castle road") to be precise. Some stone fragments have been excavated, although no conclusive evidence of a fortified building has been produced here. The village was pillaged and burnt twice in the 17th century, by Austrian and Swedish army troops.

Notable residents


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  5. ^ Jos & Cor Swanenberg: Taal in stad en land: Oost-Brabants, ISBN 9012090105

External links

  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • Official website
  • Website National Carillon-museum
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