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Mills of Kinderdijk

The nineteen windmills of Kinderdijk symbolize the way in which the Dutch have managed the water.
For centuries, they have kept the land dry, against subsidence and floods. The Alblasserwaard was once a rough and wet peat bog, but was eventually reclaimed by man and colonized.

Meadows with grazing cattle, pollard willows and windmills, elongated villages along dykes and rivers, historical farms and standard-tree orchards in full bloom: this is the typically agricultural landscape of the 'Alblasserwaard en Vijfheerenlanden', the southern edge of the Groene Hart (Green Heart) of the Netherlands.

The Kinderdijk windmill area is situated in the Alblasserwaard between the rivers Lek and Merwede, about 10 kilometers south-easterly of Rotterdam, 5 kilometers north of Dordrecht. In 1997, UNESCO inscribed the windmill area on the World Heritage list, a recognition of its unique character.

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The the Molaris lamp is made with ancient, authentic combs from the mills of Kinderdijk which had to be replaced.
The picture below shows the new combs that are mounted on the big wheel.

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