Cities in the Netherlands

North Sea Region II

The Story of Philippine

Named after Burgundy’s king Philip I the Handsome, it housed a fortress built under the reign of Spanish king Philip II. Remnants of the walls of the erstwhile fortress still remain. An independent municipality until 1970, it now is part of Sas van Gent. In 1840 it had 47 homes and 265 inhabitants and also included hamlets Posthoorn and Buchauts or Bouschouterhaven. Until the reclamation which closed off the Braakman inlet in 1952, it was a mussel fishing village. A statue dedicated to that past - a giant mussel - was erected in the main square of the village.