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I've showed you the villages East of Haarlem, now it's time for the villages West of Haarlem.
First of all, the village of Santpoort. Here you can find the Ruïne van Brederode (Ruins of Brederode), which you can see on my picture here.

The ruins are the remainings of the Castle of Brederode. This castle was built by Willem I van Brederode in the second part of the 13th century. It was situated on the mainroad through the County of Holland. The castle was very import for the trade and the defence of the region of Kennemerland (the area between Alkmaar and Haarlem).
In the 14th and 15th century there were a lot of wars in Kennemerland and after having rebuilt a couple of times, the castle became finally a ruin in 1491.
Nowadays you can visit the castle or what's left of it.

I cropped this picture a little bit and made it more clear and colourful. I hope you like it!

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