Lutjegast

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Lutjegast
Village
The Reformed Church in Lutjegast
The Reformed Church in Lutjegast
Location of Lutjegast in the municipality Grootegast
Location of Lutjegast in the municipality Grootegast
Location of the municipality Grootegast in the Netherlands
Location of the municipality Grootegast in the Netherlands
Coordinates: 53°14′0″N 6°15′28″E / 53.23333°N 6.25778°E / 53.23333; 6.25778Coordinates: 53°14′0″N 6°15′28″E / 53.23333°N 6.25778°E / 53.23333; 6.25778
Country Netherlands Netherlands
Province Groningen (province) Groningen
Municipality Grootegast Grootegast
Population (2017)
 • Total 1,125
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 9866
Dialing code 0594

Lutjegast (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈlɵcəˌɣɑst]) is a village in the Westerkwartier area of Groningen in the Netherlands. It is administered as part of the municipality Grootegast. It had a population of around 1,125 in January 2017.[1]

The name Lutjegast originates from Gronings in which lutje means small or little and a ga(a)st is a higher, sandy ridge in an otherwise swampy area.

Lutjegast was the birthplace of the explorer Abel Tasman. Although the house of his birth no longer exists, he is memorialised with a monument, plaque and street name.

Until 1829 a manor named "Rikkerdaborg" stood in Lutjegast.

Lutjegast is also the hometown of Arjen Lubach.

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