|UNESCO #899 - Beemster Polder - NETHERLANDS|
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Beemster Polder - NETHERLANDS - UNESCO #899
The second card Moniek sent me shows another example of the Dutch mastery of building their country by gaining land from the see - the Beemster Polder was created by the draining of Lake Beemster in 1612, in order to develop new agricultural land and space for country residences. Thank you so much Moniek for this great double swap, now I'm only one WHS away for completing the Netherlands sites; my collection rises to 276, only 705 to finish now. This postcard took 2 days to arrive!
The Beemster Polder, dating from the early 17th century, is is an exceptional example of reclaimed land in the Netherlands. It has preserved intact its well-ordered landscape of fields, roads, canals, dykes and settlements, laid out in accordance with classical and Renaissance planning principles.