The Little White Town
Thorn, the white town which attracts many tourists, has a rich history dating back to the late 10th century. In the course of time, it developed into a miniature convent ruled by an abbess and 20 ladies of noble birth. The convent had its own jurisdiction and its own currency until 1794 when this came to an end with the arrival of the French.
Little White Town
It was then that Thorn got its distinctive white color. After the aristocrats fled, the French imposed a tax based on the size of the windows. The poor, often living in large houses which formerly belonged to wealthy people could not afford this. To bring down the height of the tax they closed the windows with bricks. To conceal the building tracks ("scars of poverty") the houses were whitewashed.
Guided Tours Through Thorn
The center of Thorn is a listed area. Sights include the cobbled streets, the beautiful Abbey Church and the Municipal Museum “Land van Thorn”. These are well worth visiting. In the Municipal Museum, "Het Land van Thorn", you can take a look at the Panorama Thorn, a three dimensional painting that represents the historic center. You can also visit the ’’Kapel onder de Linden” (Chapel). You can find it at about 2 km from the historic center. There are still processions from surrounding villages to this special chapel. On your way there you pass several field chapels that once were also visited on the way to the Chapel. Every third Sunday of the month you can participate in a theme walk led by a VVV tourist guide. In addition, there are guided tours for groups available by appointment throughout the year. More information at VVV Thorn.
Nature And Boat Trips
One of the oldest nature development projects of the Border Meuse, is “Koningssteen” near Thorn. Galloway cattle and Konik horses ensure that hardwood, thickets and grasslands develop alongside each other. From Thorn you can make boat trips along the beautiful Maasplassen area.
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