Photographer's Note

Next stop on the tour through Zeeuws-Vlaanderen: Sluis.

About the area:
Sluis was at a certain point in the Middle Ages a very wealthy town. At the end of the 14th century the town was at her top and it had become an important commercial settlement. This place of richess had to be protected, so in 1382 the count of Flanders(Lodewijk van Male) ordered for the town to be reinforced with walls and ditches. At certain points, you could enter the town via the town gates. At the end of the 16th century these walls were reinforced under the Spanish threath. A last reinforcement was done by Menno van Coehoorn (around 1702). At the end of the 18th century, the town was sieged and captured by the French. And finally, in autumn 1944, the town was completely destroyed by an (unnecessary) allied bombardment. Luckily, an important part of the town, inclusive the walls, was reconstructed after the war.

What we see:
At the background, you can see the "Oostpoort" (Eastern Gate), through which people could enter or leave the town. Built with the first construction of the walls, it was originally much larger and the largest gate in Sluis. You can see in front the water from the ditch in front of the gate. Via a bridge you could go from the wall in front to the gate. In the back you can also see the elevation of the walls.

About the picture:
First I just wanted to photograph the gate only, but then I saw the sheep grazing on the outer wall and I thought that this would like nice in the whole. Furthermore, you have the poplar trees on the walls, which make a good decor.

Thanks in advance for your comments.

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