Rekken is a small village in the Dutch municipality of Berkelland. It
lies in the most northeast corner of the province Gelderland, about
half a mile from the German border. The river
Berkel enters The
Netherlands east of Rekken.
Rekken is also known in international
aviation, by the
VHF omnidirectional range
VHF omnidirectional range called 'Rekken' (RKN).
In the 12th century
Rekken is known in documents as part of the Parish
Eibergen. Later it was allowed by the
Bishopric of Münster
Bishopric of Münster to form an
independent parish. The Rekkenaren built a Catholic Church on the
northern bank of the Berkel.
Around 1616 the Heerlijkheid Borculo, (until then an independent
Rekken was a part of) became a property of the duke of
Guelders, and with that to the former Dutch Republic. The church in
Rekken had to reform to the Dutch Reformed Church, based on the theory
of John Calvin. Many Catholics went to church in Oldenkotte, just
across the German border.
Freedom of religion came when
Rekken became part of the United Kingdom
of the Netherlands. The Catholics then built a church on the southern
bank of the Berkel. The river and the two churches divided the village
in two parts. This is still visible nowadays.
Katholic church: de Martelaren van Gorcum
Church: de Antoniuskerk
Windmill: de Piepermolen
Coordinates: 52°5′46″N 6°43′29″E / 52.09611°N
6.72472°E / 52.09611; 6.72472
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