Just like Middelburg Veere had also a very impressive town hall. You will find it at the market, a place with beautiful houses and some nice shops and restaurants. During the season Veere can be very touristic. And even when we were there in september at the end of the season there were still a lot of people visiting this pretty old town.
Because of the wool, Veere grew to be a prosperous and big city of 4000 inhabitants in the 15th century. It was then that Veere could compare itself to Amsterdam and Rotterdam in terms of trade and power.
During the French occupation and after, Veere fell to bitter poverty.
The museum shows traditional life, folklore and costumes in the province Zeeland, specifically Veere.
The Scottish houses got their name from their Scottish owners in the 15th century.
What's the story?
In 1444 a Dutchman from Veere, Heer Wolfert van Borsele, married Mary Stuart, the daughter of the Scottish king James I. That is how Scottish traders came to live in Veere. In 1541 Veere succeeded to achieve the exclusive rights to wool import. This meant that Scottish traders were only allowed to export wool and sheepskins to The Netherlands through Veere.
The Scottish traders had many privileges in Veere. They used the quai for unloading their goods, they were free of wine and beer tax and were allowed to use part of the big church for their services.
See also next tip for the museum information.
The Gothic town hall was built from 1474 until 1517 and was probably designed by Everaert Spoorwater, one of the important architects of Gothicism in the Low Countries. In 1594-1595 a tall tower in Renaissance style was added, a small part of which can just be seen in the picture. Unfortunately the street is too narrow to make a good picture of the entire building.
The Scottish houses are two buildings in Gothic style, built for Scottish merchants. The one on the left, named Het Lammetje ('the little lamb') dates from 1539. The house on the right is called De Struys ('the ostrich') and dates from 1561. Originally the two were quite similar, but in the 19th century De Struys was altered. By that time Veere had completely fallen into decay.
The Campveerse toren (Campveer tower) was built in ca. 1500 as a defensive tower at the harbour. Already in 1553, but possibly sooner, it had become an inn. In 1950 the tower was restored, which included the reconstruction of the roof and the stepped gable. Today it's a restaurant or a bar, I didn't have time to find out. But should you get thirsty; this is it. If you don't like this place, don't miss the bus back!
The Grote Kerk ('great church') is a big Gothic church with an unfinished tower. Several members of the famous Keldermans family were involved in its construction, but this church is a far cry from their churches in Leuven, Dordrecht and Brussel, to name just a few, or their town hall in Middelburg. After the Reformation the building was adapted for protestant use. Several alterations, different uses and wars have mutilated the building. Ornaments were removed and sold, and the front door looks as if there's a garage behind it. No, today the church can hardly be called beautiful, but it still is impressive, and having it preserved in this state at least respects its history.
Only a small part of the church is used as such nowadays, as the church probably always was far too big for this town in the first place. It was a project of prestige in the first place; it'sfunction as a place of woeship was less important.
The church can be visited in the Summer. You'll have to pay a fee to get in, and of course that day I just didn't have enough money in my wallet and there was no place in the town were I could get some in a legal manner, so I can't say what's inside and what parts of the church are open.
The Deltaworks is a structure that closes all main in/outlets of the Northsea over a distance of roughly 50 kilometres. Inland there are slusing-systems and dams and at the coast are dams and the springtide-turning-works. This system makes it possible for the sea to penetrate the land (a dam creates a natural catastrophy as the water slowly will turn from salt to fresh, killing most salt-depending species). Only at dangerous situations 'the doors' will close over a length of seven kilometres! In most dangerous situation the harbour of Rotterdam even can be shielded by two 'swingdoors' that each has the size of the Eifeltower!!! At The 'Neeltje Jans' (in the middle of the 'Oosterschelde-kering') one can see everything in scale. This very intresting museum also shows the happenings in these frightening februari-night of 1953.
It's always nice when a place has a harbour. The harbour of Veere is small but it's a great place to make some pictures.
There is not that much to do in Veere but it has a lovely harbour and on a sunny day there are plenty of boats to look at. Walk along the water and have lovely views.Enjoy!