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province Groningen Groningen
local community Flag of the municipality of Oldambt Oldambt
 - land
 - water
2.34  km 2
2.22 km 2
0.12 km 2
Residents 1,340 (Jan. 1, 2017)
Coordinates 53 ° 9 '  N , 7 ° 1'  E Coordinates: 53 ° 9 '  N , 7 ° 1'  E
Important traffic route A7 E22 N964
prefix 0597
Postcodes 9674-9675, 9677-9679
Website Homepage of Heiligerlee

Heiligerlee is a small town with 1,340 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) in the east of the province of Groningen in the Netherlands , about 3 km west of the city of Winschoten . In terms of local politics, Heiligerlee belongs to the Oldambt municipality .

In Heiligerlee began on May 23, 1568 the battle of heiligerlee the Eighty Years' War between the Dutch Republic and Spain . In this first battle 4200 Wassergeusen under the leadership of Count Ludwig and Adolf von Oranien-Nassau , brothers of Wilhelm von Oranien , fought against 3200 well-trained soldiers of the Catholic-Spanish army commanded by Count Johann von Ligne . The Geusen won; but Adolf of Orange-Nassau fell in this battle.

To commemorate the battle you can find a monument in Heiligerlee, which was erected on the 300th anniversary of the battle in 1868 by King Wilhelm III. was revealed.

A Premonstratensian nunnery (Mons Sinaï) had existed in Heiligerlee since the 13th century and was founded by the Schildwolde mother monastery . Today only the reconstructed canals can be seen.


Web links

Commons : Heiligerlee  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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