Maastricht is the oldest city of the Netherlands, founded by the Romans in 50 AD under the name Trajectum ad Mosam
(place where the river Meuse could be crossed). In fact, Maastricht was for a long time the place most up north where the river Meuse could be crossed without boats.
The city has a very rich history and it changed ownership many times. The city was dominated by the French, Spanish, Austrians, Germans and Dutch. In any way, the city has always been the capital of the Limburg region. In 1830, when Belgium separated itself from the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the city Maastricht saw a lot of military and political intervention. The people of Maastricht sympathised rather with the Belgians, as the Dutch authorities didn't want to give Maastricht away. The London treaty in 1839 finally chopped the province of Limburg in two and Maastricht remained definitely Dutch.
Nowadays, Maastricht is a flourishing city and is part of the Euregio Meuse-Rhine and is a major player in regional and international economics, politics and industry. Check out this gallery, giving a nice impression of the "Best city of the Netherlands" as it was designated by the Dutch people!
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