Buren, Friesland

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Buren
Village
Location of Buren
Country Netherlands Netherlands
Province Friesland Friesland
Population
 • Total c. 670
Buren beach

Buren is the easternmost village on the island of Ameland, one of the West Frisian Islands and part of the Netherlands.

Rixt van het Oerd[edit]

Buren is also home to the infamous legend of the witch Rixt van het Oerd (e.g. Rixt of Oerd). This old lady would tie a lantern on a cow who she would chase into the dunes. She would hope for a ship to mistake the cow for a lighthouse, thinking it was a safe haven. Instead the ship would run aground on the sand bars along the coastline, leaving its cargo for her to pick up from the beach. One day in a heavy storm, she practiced her reckless way of making extra money and encountered the dead body of a drowned sailor. As she came closer she realized that it was her own son, Sjoerd. After realizing what she has done, every time there is now a storm raging over Ameland, she howls out her son's name in the wind.

In remembrance of the legend of Rixt van het Oerd, there is a small statue in the center of Buren.

500 years ago the population consisted of pirates and bandits, today the residents live from the tourist industry (school classes from Germany visit Ameland and stay at Buren.)

Coordinates: 53°26′50″N 5°47′56″E / 53.44722°N 5.79889°E / 53.44722; 5.79889