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Coat of arms of Utrecht

Coat of arms of Utrecht

Utrecht (/ˈjuːtrɛkt/; Dutch pronunciation: [ˈytrɛxt] ( )) is the capital and most populous city in the Dutch province of . It is located in the eastern corner of the Randstad conurbation and is the fourth largest city in the 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. 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 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. It has the second highest number of cultural events in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam.

In 2012, Lonely Planet included Utrecht in the top 10 of the world’s unsung places.

Geographical values of city:

  • − in degrees, minutes and seconds: 52°5′27″ of northern latitude and 5°7′17″ of eastern longitude;

  • − in degrees, minutes and decimal fractions of a minute: 52°5.444′ of north. lat. and 5°7.285′ of east. long.;

  • − in degrees and decimal fractions of a degree: 52.090737°N and 5.121420°E.

Length of Utrecht from south to north is 12.9 kilometers, from west ot east — 15.4 km.

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