Sittard is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, and has a rich history behind it. Its city rights were granted in the year 1243. In 1400, it became part of the Duchy of Jülich, which it remained until 1794.

From 1798 to 1814, it belonged to imperial France as a part of the département of the Roer, with Aachen as its capital. After being liberated by the Cossacks, in 1815 it became the last city to be added to the new Kingdom of the Netherlands. But it would be some time yet before its inhabitants felt truly Dutch; in 1830, Sittard was one of the first cities to recognize Belgian independence, and in 1848, many in the city agitated (in vain) for rejoining Germany. But by 1918, when Belgium attempted to reclaim Dutch Limburg, the people of Sittard were fully integrated into the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Since 1972, the city centre has been officially designated as a protected national monument.

Source InSittardGeleen

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