Dreischor, we say Dreister, is the nearest-to-perfect circular village in the Netherlands. Precisely in its centre stands the Sint Adriaanskerk, amid streets in concentric rings. At ground level, a glory. From on high – just imagine – a marvel of medieval design.
The name Dreischor comes from the three mudflats (‘schorren’) that once slumbered here, named Beldert, Maye and Sirjansland. This trinity of saltings formed an island until the end of the 14th century, when it is was connected to Schouwen by two dams.
Earlier it was a village of flax, alongside madder (Rubia tinctorum), and processed into cloth. The local ‘Goemanszorg’ museum – a shining exhibit of local culture and social fabric – explains the lives and livelihoods of those flaxen days. Dreischor is now less industrious, more rural. And still proud. In the area, its people are known as a tad distinctive: it’s called the ‘Republic of Dreischor’.
The church was built in the 14th century in the village centre. The southern choir houses the
burial chapel for local gentry. Behind the wrought-iron fence you’ll see two richly decorated mausoleums.
Dreischor once had a castle, the Huis Windenburg . Built at the end of the 14th century, it stood within its moat until it was sold and demolished in the 19th century. Later, in the mid-1900s, a new edifice arose on the same spot: Huis Windenburg.
Every summer, the village relives its past in Dreischor Vlasdag. All on the ring of streets, local people dress up in their linen and demonstrate how the fibres were processed years back. To the sounds of local bands, with all the fun of the fair. The church hosts the closing concert with an orchestra of local talent. A day not to be missed. This, and others, are listed in the Dreischor Events Calendar.