Saturday, August 10, 2013

Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout - NETHERLANDS - UNESCO #818

After tulips, water windmills are probably the most well-known Dutch landmark (ok, along with some kinky stuff in Amsterdam) and this set of 19 mills that drain the polders in that area allowing construction and agriculture, was built in the 18th century and is one of the most visited sites in Holland. It's an excellent spot for a late afternoon walk of bicycle ride, just until the romantic sunset. I was our first time here and we just loved it! Now I have 113 UNESCO site cards, only 868 missing.

UNESCO #818 - Kinderdijk in Winter

UNESCO #818 - Sunset at Kinderdijk Mill Network - NETHERLANDS
 
The outstanding contribution made by the people of the Netherlands to the technology of handling water is admirably demonstrated by the installations in the Kinderdijk-Elshout area. Construction of hydraulic works for the drainage of land for agriculture and settlement began in the Middle Ages and have continued uninterruptedly to the present day. The site illustrates all the typical features associated with this technology – dykes, reservoirs, pumping stations, administrative buildings and a series of beautifully preserved windmills.
 

 

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