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Church in Heiligerlee in 2012
Church in Heiligerlee in 2012
Heiligerlee is located in Groningen (province)
Location in the province of Groningen in the Netherlands
Coordinates: 53°09′18″N 07°00′45″E / 53.15500°N 7.01250°E / 53.15500; 7.01250Coordinates: 53°09′18″N 07°00′45″E / 53.15500°N 7.01250°E / 53.15500; 7.01250
Country Netherlands
Province Groningen
Municipality Oldambt
 • Total 2.34 km2 (0.90 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Total 1,440
 • Density 620/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Battle of Heiligerlee monument

Heiligerlee (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦɛilɪɣərˌleː]; Gronings: Kloosterholt) is a village in the Dutch province of Groningen bordering the town of Winschoten, it is part of the municipality of Oldambt. It was the site of the 1536 Battle and the 1568 Battle of Heiligerlee


From the year 1230 till the year 1594 a Norbertine nunnery (Mons Sinaï) stood in the village, the name of which is currently used as the name of the village Christian primary school.

The 1536 Battle of Heiligerlee was part of the Guelders Wars. The Danish allies of Guelders were defeated by Habsburg forces.

The 1568 Battle of Heiligerlee was the first battle that the Dutch rebels won against the Spanish. The army led by Louis and Adolf of Nassau defeated the Spanish, but politically it was no success. Adolf even died during the fight.

On the 300th-year anniversary of the battle in 1868 the then ruling king William III of the Netherlands revealed a monument in commemoration of the battle.

From 1908 to 1934, the Heiligerlee railway stop on the Harlingen-Nieuweschans railway was located in the village.[1]

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  1. ^ Stopplaats Heiligerlee[permanent dead link] (in Dutch), Stationsweb. Retrieved 8 May 2016.

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