De Nagele
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The Baptismal font of Nagele can still be found in Ommen to this day.
Also Known As Nagel, Urker Kerkhof
Province Flevoland, Overijssel
City Nagele

De Nagele (also known as "Urker Kerkhof" or just "Nagel") was a small island that used to lay in the Zuiderzee off the coast of Overijssel. Nowadays part of Flevoland, de Nagele was named after the delta of the river Ijssel from which it spawned. Once a common inland trading route for Stavoren during the middle ages, great floods reshaped the area and molded the island to be located between fellow islands Urk and Schokland. Registers of chapels from Urk and Emmeloord acknowledge the existence of its chapel and church between 966 en 1118. It's always been known as a fishing village which had mysteriously sank into the sea somewhere around 1300. This occurance spawned unsettling stories of a graveyard in the sea on the island of Urk.

A Fishermen's TaleEdit

According to the local tales, de Nagele was not a village but an entire city where the people had lived in sin. One fateful day the pastor of Nagele heard about a brawl gone wrong in the local inn and hasted to stop two burly men from killing each other. Courageously he threw himself betwixt two bloody knives and pleaded for both men to stop. Sadly his words mended very little and the pastor met an untimely end when one of the knives pierced his heart. "The Nagale will perish," the pastor preached before dying, "the sea will take this unholy place and fishermen will tear their nets onto the stones". And so his prophecy came to be.[1]

Curse of the NageleEdit

Fishing in the Nagele promised no boon. It was said the entire place was a graveyard and their nets would rip onto the stones of the ruined city. Those who tried, hauled in nothing but headstones, baptismal fonts and altar candlesticks. A fisherman who tried his luck there in 1772 caught an alter candlestick in one of his nets. In 1776 another fisherman hauled in a baptismal font[2]. The church of Emmeloord in Schokland decided to display this baptismal font in 1825 until the church's eventual move to the main land of Overijssel in 1861. The Schokker church had been reconstructed in Ommen and because of city expansion it was later replaced for the catholic church of Ommen in 1939 where the font resides until this very day[3].

Modern TimesEdit

The layout of the Netherlands changed a lot over the course of the 20th century. With the creation of dykes, the Zuiderzee was no longer a sea and the brackish body of water was split up into Ijsselmeer and Markermeer. A large portion of the sea was claimed as artificial land, which not only connected Schokland and Urk to the main land and into the province of Flevoland (which in the process also saved Schokland from completely disappearing into the sea) but also put de Nagele back on Dutch maps as before[4][5][6].

List Of Dutch Monsters (edit)
Ghosts Haunted Locations Aamsveen · Folperd van der Leede · Huis De Griffioen · Goddeloas Tolhûs · Goddeloaze Singel · Pelgrim van der Leede · Skilige Pypke · Solse Gat · Urnenveld · Witte Wievenkuil

Border Ghosts

Dove Waander · Laakmannetje · Venrayse Schepenen · Vurige Landmeter
Unsorted Assepoesters · Barende Vrouwe · Barneman · Beeldwit · Budde · Bornes · Elf-rib · Folperd van der Leede · Ijzeren Veulen · Jager van het Meer · Klopgeest · Ossaert · Spinwijf · Spookuur · Trije Wiif · Vliegende Hollander · Wederganger · Witte Wieven · Zwarte Juffer
Child Terrors Bietebauw · Bloedkoets · Bloedpater · Boeman · Boezehappert · Bornes · Bullebak · Duivel · Elf-rib · Griet Met De Lange Armen · Haarhand · Heintje Faar · Heintje Pik · Ijzeren Veulen · Kladdegat · Loekenbeer · Lorrenboer · Man Met De Haak · Nikker · Pikkepoot · Roggemoeder · Sint Nicolaas · Spinwijf · Takkenman · Tongesnaier · Waterwolf · Zwarte Piet
Hellhounds Belleman · Börries · Den Dier · Elf-rib · Flodder · Kardoes · Kladdegat · Kludde · Korenwolf · Loeder · Nikker · Ossaert · Schuimert · Stoep · Stommelstaart · Waterwolf · Weerwolven
Witches Alruin · Bloedende Wind · Danskring · Heggemoeder · Nachtmerries · Olde Marolde · Tante Cor · Trije Wiif · Vaar-Köbke · Varende Vrouwen · Wanne Thekla · Weerwolven · Witte Wieven · Witte Wievenkuil
Tormentors Belleman · Blauwe Gerrit · Den Dier · Flodder · Gloeiige · Hémänneken · Kludde · Korenwolf · Lange Wapper · Loeder · Opwippen · Ossaert · Schuimert · Stoep · Weerwolven
Dragons And Serpents Basilisk · Draak van Gelre · Draak van Rodeklif · Hazelworm
Other Lange Man


  1. S. Franke - Sagen en Legenden ronde de Zuiderzee
  2. Uitgeverij Bert Bakker: Verhalen van Stad en Streek (Sagen en Legenden in Nederland)
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