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It has the second highest number of cultural events in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam.

These fortresses were designed to house a cohort of about 500 Roman soldiers.

Near the fort settlements would grow housing artisans, traders and soldiers' wives and children.

In Roman times, the name of the Utrecht fortress was simply Traiectum, denoting its location at a possible Rhine crossing.

It lost the status of prince-bishopric but remains the main religious center in the country.

Utrecht was the most important city in the Netherlands until the Dutch Golden Age, when it was surpassed by Amsterdam as the country's cultural centre and most populous city.

Utrecht is host to Utrecht University, the largest university in the Netherlands, as well as several other institutions of higher education.Due to its central position within the country, it is an important transport hub for both rail and road transport.) is the capital and most populous city in the Dutch province of Utrecht.It is located in the eastern corner of the Randstad conurbation and is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands with a population of 330,772 in 2014.Utrecht's ancient city centre features many buildings and structures several dating as far back as the High Middle Ages.It has been the religious centre of the Netherlands since the 8th century.