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UNESCO World Heritage Site #83: Mill Network at Kinderdijk

World Heritage Site #82: Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout

World Heritage Site #83: Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout

From the World Heritage inscription:

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.

When people say they are visiting the Netherlands, this would be the #1 thing I’d recommend they go see outside of Amsterdam. Kinderdjik is stereotype of what people think of as the Netherlands, and is actually a great historical lesson on how the Netherlands was created.

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  1. travelling says:

    Hi, I really like this picture a lot!!!It looks very authentic site, unlike the one I visited with my daughter last weel:Sanse Schanz ( maybe OI miss spelled it)
    I felt like being in a tourist trap!!!so commercial!!!only souvenir shops, you feel like watching a show.
    Your picture is so powerfull, windmills really!!!!

  2. Christine says:

    Hi Gary, nice photo! I was there just last week and totally agree that it is one of the nicest places to visit in the Netherlands. As a coincidence, I also wrote about it on my blog just a few days ago.

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