Leek, Netherlands

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Leek
Municipality
Nienoord castle
Nienoord castle
Flag of Leek
Flag
Coat of arms of Leek
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Leek in a municipal map of Groningen
Location in Groningen
Coordinates: 53°10′N 6°23′E / 53.167°N 6.383°E / 53.167; 6.383Coordinates: 53°10′N 6°23′E / 53.167°N 6.383°E / 53.167; 6.383
Country Netherlands
Province Groningen
Government[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Berend Hoekstra (VVD)
Area[2]
 • Total 64.28 km2 (24.82 sq mi)
 • Land 63.33 km2 (24.45 sq mi)
 • Water 0.95 km2 (0.37 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 2 m (7 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 19,626
 • Density 310/km2 (800/sq mi)
Demonym Leker
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 9350–9359, 9810–9819, 9827–9829
Area code 050, 0594
Website leek.nl
Topographic map of Leek, Groningen, as per March 2014

Leek ([leːk] ( ), Gronings: De Laik; West Frisian: De Like) is a municipality and a village in the Groningen province in the northeastern Netherlands, bordering on the Drenthe and Fryslân provinces.

The village is approximately 20 km west of Groningen (city) on the A7 (E22) highway.

The village grew around a fortification that was constructed here during the Eighty Years' War with Spain. The name 'Leek' was derived from a brook, the "Leke". The town is sometimes also called "The Leek". In Dutch the people from Leek are called "Leeksters".

Every year around pentecost there is a fair (Pinkstermarkt), drawing thousands of people from the area.

Near the village is a shallow lake, called "Het Leekstermeer" (also called Zulthemeer), with recreational facilities. Actually, the lake is in another municipality and in another province.

Attractions in the Leek Municipality[edit]

Nienoord before its destruction in 1850
Church of Midwolde
Church of Tolbert
Tomb monument of Carel Hieronymus van In, and Knyphuizen

The main attraction in the village is the "Nienoord" estate. The estate was founded in 1508. After a destroying fire a new manor-house was built in 1887. The gardens and the shell grotto were restored.

In this manor-house is situated the National Carriage Museum. In 1958 the National Carriage Museum rented the house and gardens. The National Carriage Museum presents an overall view of the various types of carriages and sleighs from the 18th to the 20th century. The 250 coaches in the museum’s collection were used by farmers, the common man, the nobleman and royalty.

In the estate is situated a recreation park (Family-park Nienoord) with model railways in several scales, including live steam.

In Tolbert and Midwolde are churches from the 12th century. The churches are built in the Romano-Gothic style. Typical for this style are the walls and gables of brick that are richly decorated with recesses and patterns of bricks.

In the Church of Midwolda is a tomb monument sculpted by Rombout Verhulst. Rombout Verhulst also decorated tomb of Michiel de Ruyter in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam.

Population centres[edit]

Enumatil, Leek, Lettelbert, Midwolde, Oostwold, Tolbert and Zevenhuizen.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Het college van burgemeester en wethouders" [The board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Leek. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 9351BJ". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 

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