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Beemster Polder - Droogmakerij de Beemster - World Heritage

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At the start of the Dutch Golden Age, the 17th century, the northern part of Holland had enough capital and technology to deal with its water problems. Under supervision of Jan Adriaanszoon Leeghwater (architect, mill builder and hydraulic engineer) the Dutch started pumping the water out of the large lakes around Schermer Island. In 1612 the Beemster was one of the first lakes to be turned into dry land. Today the reclaimed land lies approximately 3.5 metres below sea level.

The Beemster Polder 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.
The Beemster was placed on UNESCO's world heritage list as a unique example of seventeenth century landscape architecture.
At the start of the Dutch Golden Age, the 17th century, the northern part of Holland had enough capital and technology to deal with its water problems. Under supervision of Jan Adriaanszoon Leeghwater (architect, mill builder and hydraulic enginee...
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