Zaan house.

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Comments (4)

Paula K on August 6, 2008

Beautiful! Do they ever suffer from floods Claus?


c.s. on August 6, 2008

It's a well-drained area, Paula, you can see the many ditches on the Google map, so they do'nt suffer flooding. If the water reaches a certain pre-programmed level, a draining-mill will automatically start pumping the surplus water from the polder into the river Zaan. A polder is a piece of land lying below sea level and enclosed by a dike.

These wooden houses were typical for the Zaan region, always painted green, grey or beige. The window-frames and other details in bright white. Actually the Zaanse Schans, where this photo is taken, is a kind of open air museum, a village with houses and windmills from the towns on the other side of the river, that were nominated to be demolished to make place for new buildings. That was back in the sixties when town councils did not care much for history. But after many protests from the local population it was decided to move these houses to a place in the Engewormer polder opposite Zaandijk. And now it is a major tourist attraction.

Best regards, Claus

Paula K on August 6, 2008

Good for the people protesting! It would have been a tragedy to lose something so beautiful. Thank you for the information Claus, I enjoy pictures showing the history and culture of an area or country.


Günter Mosler on August 9, 2009

Hello c.s. a very beautifu wooden house, nice picture. Greetings from Germany: Günter

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on August 5, 2008
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    by c.s.
    • Taken on 2008/08/01 17:59:05
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 7.70mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash