Friday, January 31, 2014
Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout - NETHERLANDS - UNESCO #818
Kinderdijk windmill complex and its beautiful surroundings - what an amazing place! It's probably one of the prettiest memories I have from the Dutch road trip I took last summer. I remember seeing this beautiful clog shaped cards on the souvenir shops but because they were more expensive I bought the traditional ones (yeah, I know, I'm a scrooge). Thank you very much Amy for this nice addition to my collection. This postcard took 2 days to arrive!
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.