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Scheveningen

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Scheveningen is a district of The Hague, named after a fishing town that subsequently became a seaside resort and district in The Hague. It is built on young dunes that developed along the North Sea coast around the 12th century. The village has been ravaged many times in history by storm surges, usually washing away part of the buildings. In 1570, half of the village disappeared into the waves during the All Saints' Flood, leaving the church on the edge - which is still the case today. According to a census in 1680, 917 people lived in 200 houses in Scheveningen. About 250 of these were engaged in fishing. Other professions were auctioneer, line turner, ship carpenter and fishmonger. Occupations not related to fisheries included thatch, shoemaker, tailor, carpenter and baker. In Scheveningen, a small number of predominantly elderly women still wear local Scheveningen costumes. The local dialect, Scheveningen, is rarely spoken by young people. Due to the closed nature of the original village community, many similar family names can be found in Scheveningen. This led to the introduction of nicknames in local parlance in order to better distinguish families from each other. Interesting places to visit in Scheveningen are for example the boulevard, the pier and the lighthouse which are all located around the beach. Or you can go into town and visit all different kinds of shops and cultural sights such as the old church.


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