Cycle route between Sint-Anthonis and Milheeze
Overloon, Milheeze, Sint-Anthonis
Sint-Anthonis belonged for a long time to the independent Free Kingdom of Boxmeer. A testament from the year 1312 describes that there was already a chapel in the village at that time. Later on, in 1477, the chapel was elevated to a parish church and dedicated to Saint Anthony Abbot. Sint Tunnis, as the name is pronounced in the Brabant dialect, is a village on the green and that is very unique for this region. That is why the village is proud of it and you can see the term on the street signs.
Overloon would hardly have been there. During the Second World War the village was almost completely destroyed during the Battle of Overloon in 1944, but after the liberation Overloon was rebuilt. The War Museum Overloon was established as a reminder of those dark days.
At the other end of this cycle route is the village of Milheeze. Although the village is not large, it is rich in history: recent excavations have shown that people of the Tjong culture already lived there 10,000 years ago. The tower of the Sint Willibrordus church dates from the beginning of the fifteenth century. In comparison, the eight-sided windmill Laurentia from the eighteenth century is just a 'youngster'.
The charming villages are interspersed with beautiful nature reserves and charming farmlands. In short, it is a wonderful place to cycle through!
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