"A typical Orthodox Calvinist village." Staphorst by Jerelis

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Ever since the 13th century.

The villages of Staphorst and its southern neighbour Rouveen came into existence as in the 13th century monks started to bring the bogs and swamps into culture. It is very characteristic that all the farms were built along the long road through the bog area.

Highest church attendancy rates of the Netherlands

In the Netherlands the village of Staphorst does have quite a name. It is still the largest Orthodox Calvinist village of our country and has one of the highest church attendancy rates of the Netherlands. A fine example of this fact is the main church of Staphorst, that can seat about 2300 people. In 1971, Staphorst became world news due to an outbreak of polio, because many of the residents remained unvaccinated for religious reasons – the only such area in Europe. Still it is very interesting to visit the village. Enjoy the typical Staphorster farmhouses which are traditional Low Saxon type houses. They have green doors and window shutter and most of these farms existing now were built between 1850 and 1910.

Travelling in our own country!

We guess it's the same for everybody around the world. We do live in The Netherlands and we must be honest that we have seen more churches, nature, villages, museums and other beautiful spots abroad than in our own country. Lately we have re-discovered our own beautiful little country! Enjoy our travel experiences in The Netherlands!

  • Last visit to Staphorst: Oct 2013
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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