Thorn is a town in the municipality of Maasgouw, in the Dutch province of Limburg.
Thorn started as an abbey in the 10th century, founded by Bishop Ansfried of Utrecht.
After the French invasion of in the winter of 1794–95 the formal abolition in 1797 made
an end to the existence of the abbey and the principality of Thorn. Thorn was annexed
at first by France, to become part of the département of Meuse-Inférieure,
and after the Vienna Congress it became a municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Thorn is known as "the white village" for its white-washed brick houses in the centre of town.
A gallery with images of this beautiful white village is soon to come.
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