Birthplace of Jheronimus Bosch's-Hertogenbosch was founded around 1185 by Henry, Duke of Brabant as a fortified border town at the confluence of the Dommel and Aa rivers. The town started to flourish from 1475 and in its heyday saw the completion of St. John's Cathedral, a splendid example of the Brabant Gothic style. This is also the period of the local artist Jheronimus Bosch (approx. 1460-1516), whose paintings can now be admired in museums and art galleries around the world.A self-assured playerFrom about 1527 the city experienced alternating periods of economic decline, stability and prosperity. In 1796 's-Hertogenbosch was designated the official capital of the province of Noord Brabant, thus consolidating and strengthening its role as a centre of government, justice, education and publishing. After 1920 industrialisation was vigorously taken in hand and since then 's-Hertogenbosch has manifested itself as a self-assured player, both in the regional and in the national economy. Over the years outward expansion, urbanisation and new construction have added a modern flavour to the city's historical character. 's-Hertogenbosch witnessed strong development in the past few decades, when various landmark projects were realised. And this powerful advance continues in the new century.'s-Hertogenbosch todayToday the city is an important economic engine and business centre for the region, encompassing over half a million inhabitants. More and more national and international companies are opening their doors in 's-Hertogenbosch. There is a wide spectrum of employment possibilities. Emphasis is placed on selective and high-quality growth, mainly in industry, services, trade and education. 's-Hertogenbosch is an administrative and commercial centre and, after the four major cities in The Netherlands, one of the premier office locations in The Netherlands. The city is proud of its convivial atmosphere and uniquely intimate character. Easy-going, ambitious and warm: that, in a nutshell, is 's-Hertogenbosch. Well-known for its enchanting historical ambience, the majestic St. John's Cathedral and the ingenious, medieval Binnendieze canal system, the city effortlessly carries its past with the modern sides of its character.King William I College is at its best in this exciting mixture of historic valuables and a dynamic, inspiring atmosphere, in a city bubbling with life.
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