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Beek is a town and municipality in the southeastern Netherlands, in the province of Limburg. As of 2012, Beek has a population of about 16,400, of which about 8,800 live in the town of Beek.The municipality of Beek makes part of the region of South Limburg and lies between the city of Geleen in the north and Maastricht in the south, and lies furthermore southeast of interchange Kerensheide and the chemical industries of Chemelot. It has a slightly hilly landscape with altitudes differing between 70and above sea level, and has two small forests: Kelmonderbos between Beek and Kelmond, and Spaubekerbos near Spaubeek. The Keutelbeek flows through and has its source in the municipality of Beek.Population centresSettlements in the municipality of Beek (population within brackets on January 1, 2005).Town: Beek (8,770)HistoryIn 1982, Spaubeek merged with Beek and the municipality got his current size. In 2005, an archaeological site was found between Beek and Neerbeek, consisting of the remainings of a settlement from 5,000 BC. Because of this, Beek is considered the eldest village in the Netherlands.BuildingsNoteworthy buildings: Sint-Hubertusmolen (Mill of Saint Hubertus) in Klein Genhout, dated 1801-1802 Sint-Hubertuskerk (Church of Saint Hubertus) in Groot Genhout, by architect Alphons Boosten Kasteel Genbroek, a castle near Geverik
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