Friday, August 04, 2006
Giethoorn (Goat horn) is a little village in Overijssel, consisting of several islands on which houses were built on. These islands are connected with little bridges and a system of canals, which give it the impression of being "Venice of the North".
The village was founded in the Middle Ages by religious exiles called 'Flagellanten' from the Mediterranean Sea. They arrived at this place and found a lot of goat horns, and so named their village after this.
Today it's a big tourist attraction, and the little cottages are worth millions...a far cry from the simple and self-mortifying lifestyle that the original inhabitans came to pursue.
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