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Aalsum (unofficial Frisian name: Ealsum) is a small village counting some 162 inhabitants (January 2004) about 1 km north of Dokkum in Dongeradeel, Netherlands. Aalsum is built on a partially excavated terp, around a church originally dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria, which dates back to approximately 1200 AD.
Aalsum had a station (Dokkum-Aalsum) on the North Friesland Railway, which opened in 1901, It became the terminus for passenger services in May 1935 and closed to passengers in July 1936. The station reopened to passengers in May 1940 and closed to passengers in July 1942. Freight services ceased in 1975.
Notable inhabitants: Rink van der Velde (June 18 1932), writer and journalist
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