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Former city hall of Stavoren
Former city hall of Stavoren
Location of Stavoren
Country Netherlands Netherlands
Province Friesland Friesland
 • Total c. 1,000

Stavoren, ['staːvərə(n)] previously Staveren (West Frisian: Starum) is a small town on the coast of the IJsselmeer, about 5 km south of Hindeloopen.


The Lady of Stavoren, 1969 statue.

The historical Stavoren was granted city rights between 1060-1067, making it the oldest city in Friesland. It began to decline in the late Middle Ages after a sandbank formed outside the harbour, blocking ships from entering and exiting. The appearance of the sandbank is the topic of the Dutch Renaissance folk-tale of the Lady of Stavoren. In 1657, the entire town was submerged in a great flood.

Modern Stavoren is a village with a population of less than 1000 within the municipality of Súdwest-Fryslân. It is one of the stops on the Elfstedentocht, (literally, 'eleven cities tour'), an ice skating contest/event which occurs when the winter temperatures provide safe conditions.

A ferry for pedestrians and cyclists operates between Stavoren and Enkhuizen, with increased trips during summer months.

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Media related to Stavoren at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 52°53′N 5°22′E / 52.883°N 5.367°E / 52.883; 5.367