|Sint Pietersberg Hill, Maastricht.
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|World War II Bunker Vault
|Incandescent Electric Light System
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The Vault is officially named National Storage Facility no. 9. It is located in the Van Schaik Tunnel below St. Pietersberg hill. This place was used between 1942 and 1945 as storage for for a large part of the Dutch national art treasures. So actually it was created by the German occupation, as a part of the so-called Atlantic Wall. The quarries in Limburg were the nearest bombproof shelter.
About 780 famous artworks of the Netherlands were stored here for years until the end of the war. This included Night Watch by Rembrandt,Steer by Potter, and Street by Vermeer. The place where the Night Watch was stored is shown of the tour.
The Vault was constructed not only as a defence against air raids and bombs. It was also protected against surface sieges. There is a defensive corridor which surrounds the entire complex.