Bastion Manenburg, Utrecht
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Bastion Manenburg, Utrecht

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Een van de Utrechtse bastions, gebouwd rond 1550 door Willem van Noort in opdracht van Karel V. Later atelier van de beeldhouwer Pieter d'Hont. Zie http://ateliermanenburg.nl

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