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Fraeylemaborg is the most important of the Borg
Borg
Borg may refer to:* Borg * Borg means Castle in some Nordic languages.-Places:*Borg, Saarland, Germany*Borg á Mýrum, Iceland*Borg, Vestvågøy, Norway*Diocese of Borg, Norway*Borg Massif, Antarctica*Borg El Arab, Egypt...

en in the province of Groningen
Groningen (province)
Groningen [] is the northeasternmost province of the Netherlands. In the east it borders the German state of Niedersachsen , in the south Drenthe, in the west Friesland and in the north the Wadden Sea...

, the Netherlands
Netherlands
The Netherlands is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, located mainly in North-West Europe and with several islands in the Caribbean. Mainland Netherlands borders the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east, and shares maritime borders...

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These places started in the Middle Ages to store harvests and protect these harvests from robbers. They were the only buildings that used stone and masonry (beside churches). In due time they grew to centres of power and riches. The borg is located in the middle of the town of Slochteren
Slochteren
Slochteren is a municipality in the northeastern Netherlands.The municipality can be characterized as a chain of small villages dividing a mostly agricultural landscape. Having an agricultural background for at least a thousand years, the community houses for the most part commuters to nearby...

 which gave its name to the largest gasfield in the world when it was discovered in 1959.

In 1475 there is a farm with the name Frealemaheerd. In the archive of 1504 one can find Remmer Fraeylema. The building originates from the 16th century. The left wing was built in the 17th century. In 1680 the borg was sold by Evert Rengers because of his family debts. It was sold to Hendrik Piccardt (who was married to Anna Elizabeth Rengers). After his death the borg fell into disrepair. In 1781 the Fraeylemaborg was sold to Hendrik de Sandra Veldman. He rebuilt the borg into the shape it has today. He removed the two towers on the front square.

Nowadays the borg is a museum.

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