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Skyline of Buren
Flag of Buren
Coat of arms of Buren
Coat of arms
Location of Buren
Coordinates: 51°58′N 05°25′E / 51.967°N 5.417°E / 51.967; 5.417Coordinates: 51°58′N 05°25′E / 51.967°N 5.417°E / 51.967; 5.417
Country Netherlands
Province Gelderland
 • Total 142.93 km2 (55.19 sq mi)
 • Land 134.66 km2 (51.99 sq mi)
 • Water 8.27 km2 (3.19 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2007)
 • Total 25,644
 • Density 190/km2 (500/sq mi)
  Source: CBS, Statline.
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Dutch Topographic map of Buren, July 2013

Buren (About this sound pronunciation ) is a municipality and a city in the Betuwe region in the Netherlands. It is also a historical county, with the Dutch Monarch still holding the title "Count of Buren".


The river Korne flows through Buren.

Population centres[edit]

Population centers include:

The city of Buren[edit]

The earliest known reference to the settlement dates from 772.[1] The castle built by the Lords of Buren is first mentioned in 1298. The town was granted city rights in 1395 by Sir Alard IV of Buren, which led to the construction of a defensive wall and a moat. Significant parts of these still exist. In 1492 the region was promoted to a county (i.e. ruled by a count), but due to its isolated position it never became very important economically. By 1574 the previously Catholic parish church of Saint Lambert (Dutch: Sint Lambertus) had already become Calvinist Reformed Protestant.[citation needed]

The castle eventually came into the possession of the House of Orange, the later royal family of the Netherlands. One of King Willem-Alexander's titles is the Count of Buren. The Dutch Royals have been known to use the name van Buren in situations requiring anonymity. The castle was gradually demolished between 1804 and 1883.



Buren has two museums.



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stenvert, R. et al. (2000). Monumenten in Nederland: Gelderland, p. 124–127. Zwolle: Waanders Uitgevers. ISBN 90-400-9406-3
  2. ^ [1]

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