"Thorn, monumental town with great history" Thorn by Pavlik_NL

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A white town that used to be principality

Thorn, a quite little town in the greens of South Limburg. Just a few hundred meters from the Belgian border. This little town has a very special gift. Given by it through history and the fact that so many houses are chalked or painted white.
Historically seen, Thorn has a very surprising tale to tell. It used to be the capitol of a very small independant state, ruled by a spiritual matriarch. The abbey was once the central administration of this little state, belonging to the holy Roman empire (in medieval times the collective of many kingdoms, states and countries throughout what is now Germany and surroundings). Now-a-days, there's little left of this monestary, but then it was famous in Berlin, where the imperial gouvernement of the holy Roman empire was setlled. The matriarch had a big influence on the council and with that it safeguarded the independance of Thorn and it's state that was situated in one of Europe's most turbulant area's.

Not only white ... red roofs and a lot of green

Thorn can not only be called white as a surprising amount of green is to be found on the outskirts of the little town, making it therefor even more beautiful and scenic then it already is. Added the red of a large amount of roofs ... a real colourful place to make wonderful pictures.

Streets that make you go "humti-bumti-dumti"

The streets of Thorn are still made of seperate stones, called "Maaskeien" (after the river Maas from where they came) or Kinderkopjes (translated "children's heads). These stones are especialle a joy to walk on with high heels (NOT recommended) or driving over by racingbike (some call it a sport) - spooken about good vibrations. It however makes the town even more authentic and that's what it's about in this cosy little touristic attraction in the bourgondic South.

  • Intro Updated Jun 29, 2003
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