Goedereede

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Goedereede
Town and former municipality
Skyline of Goedereede
Flag of Goedereede
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Coat of arms of Goedereede
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Location of Goedereede
Coordinates: 51°49′N 3°59′E / 51.82°N 3.98°E / 51.82; 3.98Coordinates: 51°49′N 3°59′E / 51.82°N 3.98°E / 51.82; 3.98
Country Netherlands
Province South Holland
Municipality Goeree-Overflakkee
Area(2006)
 • Total 153.85 km2 (59.40 sq mi)
 • Land 71.32 km2 (27.54 sq mi)
 • Water 82.53 km2 (31.87 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2012)
 • Total 2,050
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
City centre (dark green) and the statistical district (light green) of Goedereede in the former municipality of Goedereede.

Goedereede [ˌɣudəˈreːdə] ( ) is a little town and former municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. The former municipality had a population of about 11,000 in 2010. It consisted of the west part of the island of Goeree-Overflakkee. Goedereede merged with Dirksland, Middelharnis, and Oostflakkee into the new municipality of Goeree-Overflakkee on January 1, 2013. The town have a population of about 2,000 in 2012.

Goedereede received city rights in 1312 from Sir Gereart van Voorne.[citation needed] The future Pope Adrian VI (1459–1523) was at one time pastor of the parish church of Goedereede.[1] During a great fire in Goedereede in 1482 the old "Katharina Church" and its tower were destroyed. A new church was erected in 1512 beside the Toren van Goedereede (Goederede Tower), which still stands today.[2] Goederede went into a long decline, losing trade to better-sited ports. There were insufficient funds to maintain the church. In 1706 the dilapidated building was pulled down, but the tower was preserved.[1]

The former municipality of Goeree also includes the communities of, from west to east, Ouddorp, Goedereede (with Havenhoofd), Oostdijk, and Stellendam.

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