Netherlands Thorn - The White Village - Wijngaard

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Gert Lucas

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Thorn is one of the most beautiful villages in Limburg, the white town where all the white-painted houses immediately make you happy. For more than 200 years, Thorn has distinguished itself from other picturesque villages in the Netherlands with its ivory appearance, as a white gem along the meandering Maas. It is all thanks to the French that we now call Thorn 'the white town'.

The French introduced a curious type of tax in 1794, causing residents to paint their houses white en masse. But the centuries before that are just as fascinating. Thorn was even a small principality for some 800 years, ruled entirely by women! Twenty noble nuns ruled over it, and even had their own judiciary and a coin. This emancipated mini-state also came to an end when the French army invaded the town.

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