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Leek is a municipality and a village in the Groningen province in the northeastern Netherlands, bordering on the Drenthe and Fryslân provinces.The village is approximately 20 km west of Groningen on the A7 highway.The village grew around a fortification that was constructed here during the Eighty Years' War with Spain. The name 'Leek' was derived from a brook, the "Leke". The town is sometimes also called "The Leek". In Dutch the people from Leek are called "Leeksters".Every year around pentecost there is a fair, drawing thousands of people from the area.Near the village is a shallow lake, called "Het Leekstermeer", with recreational facilities. Actually, the lake is in another municipality and in another province.Attractions in the Leek MunicipalityThe main attraction in the village is the "Nienoord" estate. The estate was founded in 1508. After a destroying fire a new manor-house was built in 1887. The gardens and the shell grotto were restored.
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