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monday musing ~ my first UNESCO

Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout

My first UNESCO card ever received came from Belgium. It was Holland’s Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout. It wasn’t sent from the country of origin but it’s okay with me. Some postcrossers, I noticed, wanted their card stamped with and sent from the country where the photo was taken. But as for me, I don’t really mind where the card came from as long as I love it.

Thanks to Henk Sip for this nice postcard. He also made this card more special by putting this beautiful stamp! Oh how happy I was when I saw this stamp. You know how I love whales! 😉

Some facts about Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout from whc.unesco.org:

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.

Justification for Inscription
The Committee decided to inscribe this site on the basis of criteria (i), (ii) and (iv) considering that the Kinderdijk-Elshout mill network is an outstanding man-made landscape that bears powerful testimony to human ingenuity and fortitude over nearly a millennium in draining and protecting an area by the development and application of hydraulic technology.

Holland or The Netherlands is one of my favorite country and is no. 1 on my list of places-to-visit. I hope to visit the country someday and walk the streets of Amsterdam. 🙂

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