The Reitdiepdal is the oldest man-made landscape in Europe which came into being as a result of the course of the Hunze river in Drenthe, which connected the city of Groningen with the sea. The Hunze was a meandering river which was partly straightened in the 17th century; it is now called the Reitdiep. The famous 13th century church of Oostum is located in this area; it is the most painted and photographed church in the province. Other places of interest are in the village of Garnwerd , and include the Hammingh café (dating from 1894 and with a 19th century interior), the church, the mill, and its narrow streets.
The village of Niehove, with over 300 inhabitants, is an old terp village. Terp is a term for a hillock, mound or knoll used for refuge from high tide and floods. Historical settlements were built on artificial ‘terpen’ measuring up to 15 m in height to be safe from the floods in periods of rising sea levels. In Niehove, a 13th century church is located in the centre of the terp, surrounded by a circular by-road with houses and farms. Niehove is a protected rural area.
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