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Rekken
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
Berkel
enters The Netherlands
Netherlands
east of Rekken. Rekken
Rekken
is also known in international aviation, by the VHF omnidirectional range
VHF omnidirectional range
called 'Rekken' (RKN). In the 12th century Rekken
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 state, where Rekken
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
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
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. Gallery[edit]

Katholic church: de Martelaren van Gorcum

Church: de Antoniuskerk

Windmill: de Piepermolen

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Coordinates: 52°5′46″N 6°43′29″E / 52.09611°N 6.72472°E / 52.09611; 6.72472

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