Bierkade Blokzijl

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The town is an old sea lock and already in the 16th century formed the mouth of the Steenwijker Aa ( river). Especially the peat, which was won in the hinterland, caused much activity. Johan de Ligny, Count of Aremberg, Stadtholder of Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe and Overijssel, may be mentioned as major stimulator of this environment. He created and improved access canals for the trade. During the Eighty Years War the city was strengthened (in 1581) by Sonoy of Diederich, this way it became an important focal point on the east side of the Zuiderzee ( which is now "new land" and IJsselmeer) for the States fleet and a base for the troops against the Spaniards. The name Blokzijl, (meaning reinforced lock) was then created. Blokzijl was a long time under Spanish rule and in that time prosperous and rich. The town lay on the Zuiderzee and was an important trading point. Blokzijl gained city rights in 1672. Today it is a tourist town; Blokzijl has its own harbor for pleasure boats and a lock. Larger tour boats make regularly a stopover at Blokzijl . On the quay is an old cannon, where tourists like to take a photo of each other.

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& on September 27, 2012

This is really a nice image!!! like

Henu Eins on September 27, 2012


rOberto on September 27, 2012

A pleasant front of facades, very well taken Karin! I like this photo very much! Ciao Roberto

monic@ on September 28, 2012

Schitterende rij huizen hier aan de Bierkade. Het was een prachtige dag toen, maar geen bier aan de bierkade:)) BIG like. Groetjes, Monic@

Martin Podt on September 28, 2012

Een mooi Hollands plaatje...

Groeten, Martin

udo56 on September 28, 2012

Hello Karin!

Amazing historical style of houses...a wonderful heritage! So lovely scenery with all benches, small balconies and decoration of beautiful flowers...even with a typical dutch-bycicle!! Fabulous perspective and colors, splendid atmosphere >>>

Fantastic photo!! Like 26 + Love

Best greetings from China-Germany, Udo

mauro1968 on September 30, 2012

Ciao Karin, bellissima architettura e prospettiva, ottimi i colori ed i dettagli, LIKE 29! Con i migliori saluti ed una buona fortuna nel concorso, abbracci, MAURO :-)))

ANGEL, EL ALFA III on September 30, 2012

Me gusta. Like 30. Saludos desde Madrid, España

Günter Wingen on October 1, 2012

Beautiful houses! L Greetings Günter.

Heinz Peierl on October 4, 2012

Schöner Blickwinkel


Viele Grüße von der Mosel


khoi tranduc on October 9, 2012

Very nice photo! Like!

EdwardTurJ on October 10, 2012

Wonderful view!
Greetings from Chernivtsi in Ukraine, Edward

K@rin on October 16, 2012

ciao Mauro thanks for the very lovely comment and like, this village is so lovely with all these houses and also the harbour with all yachts in it , best wishes to you

K@rin on October 16, 2012

hello dear Udo

thanks a lot for your fantastic compliment with like and loving it,

this is a very pittoresque little harbour village with so many interesting and historical buildings , even if the old center is probably only 5 streets .. one can spent a great afternoon there at a sunny summersday .. and end it with a delicious dinner at the famous restaurant near the locks ... where can see all the ships and yachts pass by :)

warm greetings to you

K@rin on October 21, 2012

Hello dear Friends

thanks a lot for all the lovely compliments and likes !

warm greetings to you all

senmax on October 24, 2012

Very nice shot. Like.

darek czerniak on October 29, 2012

Fantastic photography of a nice place, L,Greetings darek

raul jaramillo on March 23, 2013

you have a very nice architecture, facades are incredible. Regards from Colombia

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  • Uploaded on September 26, 2012
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    by K@rin
    • Taken on 2012/08/03 00:00:00