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Heerlen Overview

Heerlen is a city in the South East of the Netherlands and has about 220.000 inhabitants. The city is near the German border (5 miles).It's the second largest city in the province of Limburg. Limburg is one of the 12 provinces in The Netherlands.

These are the 12 provinces of the Ntherlands:

Drenthe
Flevoland
Friesland
Gelderland
Groningen
Limburg
North (Noord) Brabant
North (Noord) Holland
Overijssel
Utrecht
Zealand (Zeeland)
South (Zuid)

The city's best known architect is without doubt Frits Peutz. His legacy consist of at least 10 landmark buildings in Heerlen. In 1935 Heerlen's most famous landmark building, the Glaspaleis, was built next to the medieval church in the centre of the then modest town. It was commissioned by the merchant Peter Schunck and it was quite an extraordinary step for this conservative businessman to ask the young Heerlen-based architect Peutz to design the new Schunck department store. It is one of the most outstanding examples of early Modernism in The Netherlands but it was only recognized as such at a fairly late stage (after it had been badly maimed). In the 1990s it was added to a prestigious list of the world's 1000 most influentious modern buildings (only 13 buildings in the Netherlands are on that list). It encouraged the city administrators to buy the dilapidated building and make plans for its renovation. The renovation has now been completed and it now houses several of the city's cultural institutions, including a museum of modern art. The renovated Glaspaleis has become a symbol of the revived Heerlen after the closing of the coalmines.

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