Estates and stone-built houses were symbols of wealth in Friesland in former times. A large number of these magnificent buildings are now gone. However, a number of estates and stone-built houses remain.
Also visit De Schierstins in Feanwâlden. This is the only remaining medieval stins (towered stronghold) in the Northern Netherlands. The Schierstins was built around 1300 and was named after those who would later live there: the ‘schiere’ (grey-dressed) monks of the large nearby Klaarkamp Abbey at Rinsumageast. Today this monumental building is a cultural and historical centre that hosts art and history exhibitions, concerts and talks.
Other ‘Staten and Stinzen’ are ‘concealed’ in beautiful parks or surrounded by historical gardens where traces of the work of the Architects, Vlaskamp and Roodbard, are still visible:
Throughout Friesland, there are lots more beautiful staten and stinzen. See the website for an overview.