Church in Kloosterzande

Kloosterzande

Eastern Zeeland-Flanders is the home of Kloosterzande village, a mere sparrow’s hop from the historical town of Hulst and Westerschelde waters. One of the larger communities in the area, Kloosterzande boasts some 3,700 souls. Originally named for a cloistered farm called ‘Hof te Zande’, the village – ‘Klôôster’ for short – was founded by Cistercian monks around 1500. They were the ones who first poldered the land and built a chapel at Hof te Zande. The present-day Dutch-Reformed church is a great-grandchild of sorts of the chapel, sharing its name and some architectural genes, in the shape of choir ruins from 1275.

Church in Kloosterzande

As cloistered farms go, this one was a winner, with fertile polders producing food for the towns in Flanders. The outbuildings and chapel were laid to ruin, in later years, though they left a permanent mark on the land.

Kloosterzande

The Roman-Catholic St. Martin’s church is on the Groenedijk in the village. This Kloosterzande church was built in 1869, a neo-gothic creation, which later gained national monument status.

Mill in Kloosterzande

The standard mill, dating to 1781, is situated on the same dike. Open for business, milling away, it is a corn mill with a mission.

Culture in Kloosterzande

Kloosterzande is one of those Zeeland communities that excels at the revelry of carnival. Just before Lent, Kloosterzande is transformed into Kloorianendland, with a street parade of floats as one of its highlights.

Check the events calendar for more Kloosterzande events.