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History

Veurne, in Latin Furna, is first found in 877 as a possession of the Saint Bertin Abbey in Saint-Omer. Around 890 AD, it was noted as a fortification against the Viking raids. It soon was placed at the head of the castellany of Veurne, a large territory counting 42 parishes and some 8 half-independent parishes, owing allegiance to the Count of Flanders. Veurne became a city in the 12th century. During the following century, trade with England flourished. In 1270, however, the relations with England came to a standstill and the citys economy went into a long decline; hence the nickname of the Veurne Sleepers. On August 20, 1297, the Battle of Veurne was fought in the ongoing struggle between the Flemish cities and the French king.

The beautiful gothic church of Saint Walburga and the tower of the church of Saint Nicolas, date from that period. Saint Walburga housed a chapter of canons. Saint Nicholas and Saint Denis (gone 18th century) were the two other parish churches and possessions of the Norbertine abbey of Saint Nicholas.

Folklore

The annual Boeteprocessie (procession of the penitents) takes place every year on the last Sunday of July. This unique event includes cross-carrying, hooded penitents and other groups of participants who recreate the Passion of Jesus.

Towns

The municipality of Veurne comprises 11 "deelgemeentes". Veurne proper is the largest centre and has the largest population. The others are small rural villages: Avekapelle, Booitshoeke, Bulskamp, De Moeren, Eggewaartskapelle, Houtem, Steenkerke, Vinkem, Wulveringem and Zoutenaaie.

Links

Deelgemeenten en nabijgelegen steden:
 - Avekapelle (link)
 - De Moeren (link)
 - Eggewaartskapelle (Wikipedia)
 - Bulskamp (Wikipedia)
 - Houtem (Wikipedia)
 - Steenkerke (Wikipedia)
 - Vinkem (Wikipedia)
 - Wulveringem
 - Zoutenaaie

Nabijgelegen steden:
 - De Panne (link)
 - Koksijde (link)
 - Duinkerke (link)
 - Calais (link)
 - Rijsel (link)
 - Diksmuide (link)
 - Nieuwpoort (link)

Extra links:
 - vvvveurne - Grote Markt 29, 8630 Veurne (link)
 - Stad Veurne - Grote Markt 29, 8630 Veurne (link)
 - Boeteprocessie - Grote Markt 29, 8630 Veurne (link)
 - Westtoer - Koning Albert I laan 120, 8200 Brugge (link)
 - Toerisme Vlaanderen - Grasmarkt 61, 1000 Brussel (link)
 - touristische-attraktionen.be (link)
 - tourist-attractions.be (link)