Photographer's Note

Did a little trip across the Dutch border (Zeeuws Vlaanderen) and that I would like to share with all of you. As you will see, it will not be windmills all the time ;-).

At maybee 200 meters from the Belgian-Dutch border lies the village of Sint-Anna-Ter-Muiden. You can believe me: it is one of the most peaceful and beautiful villages in the region. I wil post some more pics of this village.

Nowadays, it is a rather small village, but this "settlement" used to be a town with town rights, a harbour and it was even a member of the London Hansa (for those interested in Medieval commerce...). It lay on the border of the Zwin, which was the seabay that took ships to Bruges in the Middle Ages. On the other side of the bay, the Town of Sluis was founded. Due to the silting up of that seabay, ships had more and more difficulties to reach the harbours and eventually these towns decayed. There was also a lot of fighting in this area (especially Spanish - Dutch) in the 16/17th century.

This tower is a memory of the rich past this port had. This is what remains of what was once the Cross Church (Kruiskerk): the massive 14th century tower. The church itself no longer exists (due to war I guess). In 1653, a small church (more a large chapel) was built on the eastern side of the tower. It is actually a very funny thing to see: a strong, huge tower with a fragile, small prayhouse built on to it.

If you are in the area, and you like the quietness and the atmosphere of history, just go see this little village. It's worth it.

Thanks for your constructive critics. Hope you like the little tour I will give you.

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