Location in Groningen
|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Berend Hoekstra (VVD)|
|• 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||2 m (7 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
9350–9359, 9810–9819, 9827–9829
|Area code||050, 0594|
Leek (Dutch pronunciation: [leːk] (listen); Gronings: De Laik) is a village and former municipality in Groningen province in the northeastern Netherlands. The municipality, which bordered the Drenthe and Friesland provinces, was merged into the municipality of Westerkwartier on 1 January 2019.
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 "De Leek". In Dutch, the people from Leek are called "Leeksters".
Attractions in the Leek Municipality
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.
The National Carriage Museum is located in this manor-house. 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, noblemen and royalty.
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.
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