NIJMEGEN, A WRITTEN ACCOUNT
Right at the start of our era, around 100AD, Nijmegen was founded by the Romans as a Castrum Legionari due to its quite strategic location used to defend the river Waal. Nijmegen was further funded during the reign of Augustus and renamed Ulpia Noviomagus Batavorum. The town transformed in this time, from a lowly army barracks, to a bustling market city. In its long history as the oldest city in the Netherlands, it has seen itself change hands many times, from once being under the rule of the Charlemagne Empire to being a Nazi occupied town during World War II, that was almost completely destroyed when bombed by allied forces.