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), which was the capital of the Duchy of Limburg during the Middle Ages.More directly it is derived from the more modern name of the Province of Limburg (1815–39) in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which has been split today into a Belgian Limburg and a Dutch Limburg.
One of the more famous battles around Venray is the Battle of Overloon.
The church itself was originally built in the 15th century in the gothic style.
It was rebuilt after extensive damage following the World War II Battle of Overloon.
The western section of Venray is also straddled by part of the Peel-Raam Line, defensive works consisting out of a canal and bunkers dating to the World War II period.
Venray, near Geijsteren, also has a forest and sand dune area, that is one of the few locations in the Netherlands that is home to common juniper.
One of the biggest tank battles between the Germans and Allies was fought in October 1944 in Overloon, resulting in hundreds of casualties on both sides. Venray is also famous for its German War Cemetery, as it is the only German war cemetery in the Netherlands.