Monday, June 16, 2014

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

This official Postcrossing postcard is in fact a pair of postcards - they came from the Netherlands inside a envelope (also with a bag of tea - since I don't collect them and I love tea I drank it after dinner, delicious!). They're both from Kinderdijk (the awesome set of windmills in Zuid-Holland), the first one a card from the tourism office (with the history of the site in the back) and the second a home-printed postcard (in nice thick paper) using one photo taken by the sender husband while they were walking there. Thank you very much Saskia, I already have several cards from this UNESCO site, but it's so beautiful that I really don't mind. This postcards took 4 days to arrive!
UNESCO #818 - Kinderdijk-Elshout Mill Network - NETHERLANDS

UNESCO #818 - Kinderdijk Mills (Photo by Wim Hasman) - 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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