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Basilica of Hulst
Basilica of Hulst
Flag of Hulst
Coat of arms of Hulst
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Hulst in a municipal map of Zeeland
Location in Zeeland
Country Netherlands
Province Zeeland
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Jan-Frans Mulder (CDA)
 • Total 251.82 km2 (97.23 sq mi)
 • Land 201.44 km2 (77.78 sq mi)
 • Water 50.38 km2 (19.45 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 3 m (10 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 27,370
 • Density 136/km2 (350/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Hulstenaar
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 4560–4569, 4580–4589
Area code 0114
Website .nl.gemeentehulstwww

Hulst (   ) is a municipality and a city in southwestern Netherlands in the east of Zeelandic Flanders.


  • History 1
  • Population centers 2
  • Twinning 3
    • Topography 3.1
  • Gallery 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Map of the star fort

Hulst received city rights in the 12th century.

Hulst was captured from the Spanish in 1591 by Maurice of Orange but was recaptured by Archduke Albert in 1596.

In 1645, the Siege of Hulst (to control the left bank of the Schelde river) occurred. It was led by Prince of Orange Frederick Henry, during the Eighty Years' War (1568–1648) with Spain.

A further siege took place in 1702, where General Menno van Coehoorn defended the town successfully for the Dutch and in 1747 when it was taken by the French after incompetent defence by Lt General Pieter de la Rocque.[5]

In the seventeenth century, a star fort was constructed.[6] The fortifications, constructed during that time, are historic examples of Dutch fortress architecture.

The name Hulst (Holly in English) would appear to come from the shape of the battlements. Holly is depicted growing around the towns crest.

Population centers


Hulst is twinned with Michelstadt, Germany.


Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Hulst, June 2015



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  6. ^ (Dutch) Geschiedenis van Hulst. Hulst Vestingstad

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