Blija (Friesland, Netherlands)

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Blija, a town (pop. about 1,200 in 1950) in the Dutch province of Friesland, where a Mennonite congregation was founded between 1600 and 1610, or even earlier. After a visit by the traveling elder, Jan Jacobsz, in Blija, a second church was formed here adhering to the Jan-Jacobsgezinden, which existed until 1767 and then merged with the other congregation. Later on Blija united with Holwerd, retaining its own management for a time. The Blija congregation had about eight members in 1950 in the town and vicinity. The church, built in 1806, was thoroughly renovated in 1853-1854, but it was sold in 1935, the last service being held in it on 15 February 1935. Every second Sunday the Mennonites of Blija attended services in Holwerd.


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Map:Blija (Friesland)

Author(s) Jacob Loosjes
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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Loosjes, Jacob and Nanne van der Zijpp. "Blija (Friesland, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 3 Dec 2020.,_Netherlands)&oldid=144845.

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Loosjes, Jacob and Nanne van der Zijpp. (1953). Blija (Friesland, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 3 December 2020, from,_Netherlands)&oldid=144845.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 362. All rights reserved.

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