Tag: Jelsum

The impossible love of an author
History, Miscellaneous

The impossible love of an author

The Dekemastate in Jelsum, Province of Friesland, has a showcase full of books of the Dutch journalist, translator and writer Havank. He published over 30 crime-novels and stories and is one of the founding fathers of Dutch crime books. What are these books doing here? Havank’s real name was Hendrikus Frederikus van der Kallen (1904-1964), […]

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States in Friesland: The Dekemastate
Castles, Travel

States in Friesland: The Dekemastate

Just south of the city of Leeuwarden, Province of Friesland, very close to the Martenastate, you’ll find the Dekemastate in the village of Jelsum. The former noble estate nowadays is a museum. The Dekemastate is one of the oldest castles in Friesland, dating back to the 14th century, when it was built as a defendable […]

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