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Heiloo
—  Municipality  —
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Heiloo town centre
Coat of arms of Heiloo.svg
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Heiloo in a municipal map of North Holland
Location in North Holland
Coordinates: 52°36′N 4°43′E / 52.6, 4.717Coordinates: 52°36′N 4°43′E / 52.6, 4.717
Country Netherlands
Province North Holland
Government[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Hans Romeyn (CDA)
Area[2]
 • Total 19.01 km2 (7.34 sq mi)
 • Land 18.71 km2 (7.22 sq mi)
 • Water 0.30 km2 (0.12 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 3 m (10 ft)
Population (May 2013)[4]
 • Total 22,612
 • Density 1,209/km2 (3,130/sq mi)
Demonym Heilooënaar, Heilooër
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 1850–1852
Area code 072
Website heiloo.nl
Gem-Heiloo-OpenTopo

Dutch Topographic map of Heiloo, June 2015

Heiloo (Loudspeaker pronunciation ) is a municipality and town in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. The community is part of the cooperation region Kennemerland and is located in the historical region of West Friesland. Heiloo had a population of 22,612 in 2013.

Origins of the nameEdit

Heiloo (From the Dutch heilige loo, "sacred height") was given its name because Saint Willibrord was said to have performed a miracle there around 690 and created a church on a small hill.

Notable attractionsEdit

It has a town hall dating from 1926 and a church from the 12th century known as the Witte Kerk.[5] In the 1950s and 1960s the population grew quickly as many residents of Amsterdam moved to the area. Many residents work and attend school in the neighbouring the city of Alkmaar.

Sporting Clubs Edit

  • FCC Boscrossers [6] - The local BMX club that has produced 5 World Champions,[7] 4 European Champions and many National Champions, the current (2013) 17-24 year old Double World Champion for 20" and Cruiser Class is Robin Van Der Kolk,[8] who won both titles in Auckland New Zealand

Local governmentEdit

The municipal council of Heiloo consists of 19 seats, which are divided as follows:

Current mayor: T.J. Romeyn (CDA)

Railway connections Edit

Heiloo is connected to the Dutch railway network by Heiloo railway station. From this station there are many destinations available such as: Alkmaar, Hoorn, Uitgeest, Zaandam, Amsterdam, Utrecht, 's-Hertogenbosch, Eindhoven, The Hague, Weert, Roermond, Maastricht and Heerlen. For the Zaanse Schans, you should travel to Uitgeest and change onto a train to Koog-Zaandijk

There is a second stop on the railway line between Heiloo and Limmen. It is used once a month to bring pilgrims to the nearby chapel. The name of both station and chapel is 'Onze lieve vrouwe ter nood' or 'Our Lady to Need'; the station was known as Runxputte until 1914. One of the platforms was demolished in 1997 for safety reasons.[9]

Notable residents Edit

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