The City Holds Its Ground – The 350th Anniversary of the Relief of Groningen
1672 was a disastrous year for the Netherlands. The country was attacked from four different directions – from the sea by the British, from the south by France, and from the east by the German bishops of Münster and Cologne. Before long, most of the Netherlands was in enemy hands. Groningen was bombed for weeks, but it held out, and the Germans quietly withdrew on 27 August. The city’s preservation proved a turning point in that terrible year. The Relief of Groningen is still commemorated every 28 August. This exhibition includes historical paintings, objects, documents and even cannons from that heroic battle.