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Thorn is a municipality in the Dutch province of Limburg, near Kessenich, Belgium. It has the neighbouring villages of Ittervoort, Panheel and Wessem. Before Thorn was merged with the other municipalities of Maasbracht and Heel on 1 January 2007 to form the new municipality of Maasgouw, Thorn itself was a municipality. It is known as the White Village because of its white houses in the center. Thorn is the first Dutch village on the west bank of the Meuse from Maastricht (it received city rights in the 13th century) and today the municipality of Thorn has about 2600 inhabitants, of which 2400 are in the core.

Until the reclamation in the tenth century, the area around Thorn was very swampy. At the edge of this swamp ran the Roman road from Maastricht to Nijmegen. Around 990, a monastery for Benedictines was founded on a height, a monastery: the Abbey of Thorn. This monastery grew into a secular monastery (a monastery for noble ladies) and a principality, the Abbey Principality of Thorn. Many of the houses of these Stiftdames have been preserved, such as the House with the Three Bullets, which dates from 1648.

St. Michael’s Church or Collegiate Church in Thorn is a parish church whose parts largely date from the 14th century. It was the collegiate church of the Benedictine State Abbey in Thorn. It is a Gothic cruciform basilica with an eastern crypt below the crossing and the choir. The substructure of the tower is a remnant of the westwork of the older Romanesque church. After the dissolution of the monastery in 1797, the old parish church was demolished and the municipality took this church into use and was later restored in the 19th century. In the vicinity of the church is a statue of the Sacred Heart from 1925.

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