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Veere is a is a delightful historical village built on the shore of the Western Schedlt - on the edge of the inland lagoon Veerse Meer in Zeeland.
Its cobbled streets and lovely old buildings with a large church and tower overlooking the village. On one side of the village is a boat filled canal connecting to Veerse Meer and along which the village lies.
To the other end of the village and more or less out of sight is where the shipping canal connecting Veerse Meer to Middelburg and the port of Vlissingen. There is a road from Middelburg and the distance is about 5km. There is a separate cycle pathway parallel to the road all the way from Middelburg to Veere.
Its tourism popularity is disproportionate to its size, with no less than 4 million annual visitors in the municipality, which also includes the beaches of Domburg - mostly Dutch, German and Belgian.
Veere obtained city rights in 1353. It was once a fishing town, but the small marina is now used for pleasure yatchs.
Every house is a sight in itself. Some houses on the Markt (town square) even have miniature version of classical palace gardens. The most eye-catching buildings is of course the townhall, errected in 1474, with some later additions. Facing the marina, the 15th-century Scottish House reminds you that Veere used to be a staple port for the wool trade with Scotland between 1541 and 1799. It also houses a museum. The waterfront has retained its dyke, once part of the fortifications, as the cannon witnesses. The Campveerse Toren is the last "brick-and-mortar" remain of the city defences.
The Grote Kerk - "big church" is enormous for a village. The tall windows have been filled with bricks and replaced with much smaller windows on most of the edifice, probably due to the numerous incidents caused by the strong coastal wind. - Eupedia
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