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.

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.

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.

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.

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.