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Defence Line of Amsterdam-Fort along the Pampus

The Defence Line of Amsterdam was built to protect Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands. Amsterdam was protected by a network of forts and defensive waterworks. The Fort along the Pampus is one of the forts of the Defence Line of Amsterdam. The Fort along the Pampus was built on a man made island in the former Zuiderzee, now lake IJsselmeer. The fortifications were constructed in 1883-1920. During WWI, 200 soldiers were stationed at the fort. During WWII, the Germans removed the steel objects including the guns, the steel was transported to the Ruhr region and melted down for munitions. After 1933, the fort was not used for military purpose anymore. Today, it is a monument and can be visited. The Fort along the Pampus is the most visited fort of the Defence Line of Amsterdam. The fort can be reached by a ferry from the fortified town of Muiden, also a key link in the Defence Line of Amsterdam. Muiden is located about 17 km southeast of Amsterdam. Five forts of the Defence Line of Amsterdam are located in the Beemster Polder. The Defence Line of Amsterdam, including Fort along the Pampus, was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1996.

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Defence Line of Amsterdam-Fort along the Pampus - The Fort along the Pampus is one of the most important fortresses of the Defence Line of Amsterdam. Amsterdam, the capital city of the...

The Fort along the Pampus is one of the most important fortresses of the Defence Line of

Amsterdam. Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands, was protected by an network

of 45 forts, batteries and waterworks, such as a large system of canals and sluices, dikes

and inundations (temporary flooding) from the polders, the Defence Line of Almsterdam.

  1. Defence Line of Amsterdam-Fort along the Pampus - The Fort along the Pampus is one of the most important fortresses of the Defence Line of Amsterdam. Amsterdam, the capital city of the...

    The Fort along the Pampus is one of the most important fortresses of the Defence Line of

    Amsterdam. Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands, was protected by an network

    of 45 forts, batteries and waterworks, such as a large system of canals and sluices, dikes

    and inundations (temporary flooding) from the polders, the Defence Line of Almsterdam.

  2. Defence Line of Amsterdam-Fort along the Pampus - The Fort along the Pampus is part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam. The Fort along the Pampus was built in 1887-1895, on a man made...

    The Fort along the Pampus is part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam. The Fort along the

    Pampus was built in 1887-1895, on a man made island in the former Zuiderzee, now Lake

    IJsselmeer. It was constructed on the Pampus sandbank, 4000 piles and 45000 m³ of sand

    were used to build up the sandbank. The fort itself was built of brick and concrete.

  3. Defence Line of Amsterdam-Fort along the Pampus - Defence Line of Amsterdam: The turrets of the Fort along the Pampus are overlooking Lake IJsselmeer, the turrets are a reconstruction made of...

    Defence Line of Amsterdam: The turrets of the Fort along the Pampus are overlooking Lake

    IJsselmeer, the turrets are a reconstruction made of wood and polyester. Once, two guns were

    housed in the gun turrets of Fort along the Pampus. In WWII, the Germans removed the steel

    objects from the fort including the guns and turrets, the steel was melted down for munitions.

  4. Defence Line of Amsterdam-Fort along the Pampus - Defence Line of Amsterdam: The Fort along the Pampus is an oval shaped building. The dry moat between the inner fort and the outer fort has a...

    Defence Line of Amsterdam: The Fort along the Pampus is an oval shaped building.

    The dry moat between the inner fort and the outer fort has a depth of eight metres.

    The Fort along Pampus is the most visited fort of the Defence Line of Amsterdam.

    The Defence Line of Amsterdam gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1996.

  5. Defence Line of Amsterdam-Fort along the Pampus - Defence Line of Amsterdam: Fort along the Pampus, the dry moat seen from the inner fort. Together with the coastal battery on the lighthouse...

    Defence Line of Amsterdam: Fort along the Pampus, the dry moat seen from the inner fort.

    Together with the coastal battery on the lighthouse island near Durgerdam and the coastal

    battery at Diemerdam, the Fort along the Pampus was constructed to protect the entrance

    to the harbour of Amsterdam and the IJ, the waterfront of Amsterdam.

  6. Defence Line of Amsterdam-Fort along the Pampus - The Fort along the Pampus was built with concrete reinforced with basalt. During WWII, the fort was used for target practice for German dive...

    The Fort along the Pampus was built with concrete reinforced with basalt.

    During WWII, the fort was used for target practice for German dive bombers.

    The Fort along the Pampus and can be visited. The Fort along the Pampus

    is part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam.

  7. Defence Line of Amsterdam-Fort along the Pampus - Fort along the Pampus: The gunpowder storeroom is located along a transport corridor in the inner fort. The transport...

    Fort along the Pampus: The gunpowder storeroom is located along a transport corridor

    in the inner fort. The transport corridor is leading to the two gun turrets. The inner fort

    contained also rooms such as the kitchen and the soldier's quarters. The Fort along the

    Pampus is part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam. Nowadays, the fort is a monument.

  8. Defence Line of Amsterdam-Fort along the Pampus - Fort along the Pampus: A defensive corridor in the outer fort, the corridor was built in the shape of a keyhole, so soldiers with a...

    Fort along the Pampus: A defensive corridor in the outer fort, the corridor was built

    in the shape of a keyhole, so soldiers with a backpack could easily walk through the

    corridor. The outer fort housed a prison, a forge and several storage rooms. The Fort

    along Pampus is one of the 45 forts of the Defence Line of Amsterdam.

  9. Defence Line of Amsterdam-Fort along the Pampus - Defence Line of Amsterdam: One of the bombproof corridors of the Fort along the Pampus. The outer fort and the inner fort were connected by...

    Defence Line of Amsterdam: One of the bombproof corridors of the Fort along the Pampus.

    The outer fort and the inner fort were connected by two bombproof corridors. The Defence

    Line of Amsterdam has never seen combat service, during its construction, the invention of

    the aeroplane and long range weapons rendered the defence line obsolete.

  10. Defence Line of Amsterdam-Fort along the Pampus - Defence Line of Amsterdam.The dry moat between the outer and inner fort of the Fort along the Pampus. The Dutch army was fully mobilized...

    Defence Line of Amsterdam.The dry moat between the outer and inner fort of the Fort along

    the Pampus. The Dutch army was fully mobilized during WWI, 200 soldiers were quartered

    on the Fort Island Pampus, but the Netherlands remained neutral and no shot was fired from

    the fort. After 1933, the fort was not used for military purpose anymore.