Cities in the Netherlands
North Sea Region
The Story of Monster
A municipality of 20,000, it includes the villages of Poeldijk and Ter Heijde. In 1850, Monster itself had 1500 people. It was known in the 10th century by the name of Masemunster, most likely meaning the ‘site of a monastery at the Maas river.’ It also has developed as an regional centre for the market-garden area and greenhouse city known as Westland, originally set up to supply nearby cities The Hague and Rotterdam.
Famous son: Arnoldus Vinne (1588) law professor.