Town centre: Lely's Column ('De Zuil van Lely'). A tall column - 32 meters! - with Lely's statue on top of it. Its height is very exceptional by Dutch standards for a statue dedicated to just one person. The column was erected in honour of civil engineer C. Lely who played a crucial role in the drainage of large parts of the former Zuider Sea and the creation of the IJsselmeerpolders. The town of Lelystad was named after him - an even more exceptional honour! The statue itself, on the other hand, is merely a copy of another statue that stands at Kornwerderzand and therefore not an original work of art at all ...
Monument to Cornelis Lely
This monument in front of the museum Nieuw Land Erfgoedcentrum is dedicated to Cornelis Lely. This famous dutch engineer is the initiator of the Zuiderzeewerken project which had the purpose of closing the Zuiderzee and make the ever-changin landline controllable. Afterwards, land was won within the Zuiderzee (now called Ijsselmeer) by draining water and creating so-called polders. Lely started with his plans in the late 19th century, but it was not until the large flood of 1916 when the proposals made by Lely started to become reality. In the meantime, Lely held various political offices, such as governor of Suriname and several times (1902 and 1905) secretary of water systems and transport. Lely, who was born in 1854, was already 70 years old when the first part of the project was completed: The Amsteldiepdijk closing the gap between the island of Wieringen and Noordholland. Lely died in the very cold winter of 1928/1929 on January 22nd aged 74. Three years later, on May 23rd 1932, the most important part of the project was completed: The Afsluitdijk which separated the former Zuiderzee from the Northern Sea. In 1980, the city of Lelystad was founded on one of the new polders and on January 1st 1986 Flevoland, a province (almost) completely consisting of new land, became the 12th province of the Netherlands.
This statue was once place on the Zuil van Lely monument in the city center. But as the artist, Piet Esser, was unhappy with his work. The statue was removed and found a place here. It was replaced by a replica of the famous Lely statue which stands on the Afsluitdijk.
Zuil van Lely
Cornelis Lely, the father of Flevoland, is shown on many monuments. Lelystad’s central monument to him is the Zuil van Lely, a 32 meter high pillar. A bronze sculpture of Lely, a replica of the one located at the western end of the Afsluitdijk, is on top of the pillar. For information about Cornelis Lely, please read my To see the Lely sculpture, use the link below. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to clibmb that high and take a decent picture of it…
Intruding on foot from Central Station to Batavia.
Though a very nice walk on a sunny day as you do not know what to expect to see in Lelystad, claimed from the sea.
"Zuil van Lely"
- column of Lely
Cornelis Lely (1854-1929) statue
the engineer who conceived and devised the Afsluitdijk*, which locked-out the Zuiderzee to create Flevoland.
- column: Hans van Houwelingen (1957-)
- statue: Mari Andriessen (1897-1979)
- enclosing dyke or causeway that created the fresh water lake, the IJsselmeer.
length: 32 km / 20 miles
material: clay and sand from the Zuiderzee bottom, rocks and willow mats
- train station
architect: Peter Kilsdonk
Lelystad - Flevoland
"The History of Flevoland"
The history of Flevoland goes a long way back. About 6500 years ago there lived people in this area in settlements, on high sand-hills. Near the village Swifterbant in the East of Flevoland they even found the oldest skeletons of entire West-Europe. A Romaine history-writer came up with the name Flevo, which they meant the North Rijnmond with. Because of the big difference between ebb and flood more and more peaces of land disappeared under the water. At the end of the 13th century the large Zuider Zee was created. A lot of land en villages disappeared under the water, only a few hills remained above the water. De people who lived on Urk and on the island hills Emmeloord and Ens, later known by the name Schokland, fought a heavy battle against the slamming waves of the sea. But Schokland sunk more and more into the deepness and became smaller and smaller, so de inhabitants had to leave, halfway the 19th century de island hills. The Zuider Zee was in the Golden Century an important travel-way for the famous VOC-ships and a way of income for fishers. But the Zuider Zee also was a dangerous sea full off shallows and treacherous streams, where a lot of ships were wrecked.
Because the heavy storms and inundations there was a lot of damage, Henric Stevin came with a plan to make an end of the violence and poison of the North Sea. This was in the 17th century. After 1850 a few different propositions where made, with the goal to make an end of the treacherous Zuider Zee. In 1918 the plan off dr. Ir. Cornelis Lely became a fact, the plan to lock of the Zuider Zee en to partly reclaim. The youngest province of the Netherlands would change from a wild sea in the flat polder-country. The previous islands Urk en Schokland became a part of the mainland. The Netherlands made world fame with the draining - the polder model as it is. Where once the Zuider Zee and later the IJsselmeer where, was made after the reclamation a whole new landscape with bolt upright roads, modern towns and villages on an equal distance of each other. Even the nature was made according a plan: the woods and nature parks were meant mainly as a recreation area for the human. Meanwhile the nature saves itself. The youngest planting has grown to wide, mature wood-areas and at the westside the Oostvaardersplassen has developed to a bird reservation of unknown wealth. In the extensive Natuurpark Lelystad it seems like al wild animals live in the free nature. Who walks or cycles through this area, will be surprised of how much there is to see. Because of this surprising difference of nature, you wouldn't say that it was such a short while a got hat the polder has been drain.
"Things to do in the city"
Lelystad is also a city where there is plenty to do. Next to the beautiful nature, as the Oostvaardersplassen and the Natuurpark Lelystad, a visit to one of the many musea, the Batavia-Werf or OutLetShopping Batavia-Stad is a nice thing to do. In Lelystad you will find also four yacht docks, several camping's, a youth-hostel and the beautiful hotel Mercure, in the centre of Lelystad. In the nearby fishing-village Urk you can take a look in the history of the fishers. And in the 'new' town of Almere you can admire the modern and unique architecture-projects. Most of the new build houses in this city are worth your while. In Biddinghuizen there is the nice and famous attraction-park Six Flags Holland, where you easily can spend the whole day with only adults, kids or the whole family. In a word: in Flevoland there is history and future, for everyone something to do, and for young and old.
"Batavia Stad outlet shopping"
Batavia Stad Outlet Shopping is the first Outlet Shopping Centre off The Netherlands Here you can shop and profit by discounts of 30 tot 70% on the best brands. In more than 70 shops you will find, next to clothing of international brands, also service, gifts, DVD's, etc. Also you can visit the nice restaurants or visit the nearby Bataviawerf. Batavia Stad outlet shopping is a little village, full of special architecture in a unique environment, just on the coast of Lelystad.
· Days of opening : seven days a week
· Times of opening: from 10.00 till 18.00 o'clock (different opening times on national holidays)
· Prices: no entrance price
· Attainability: you can easily reach the museum by car, bus or over the water.
· Route-description by car auto: from the highroad A6 you take the abatement 'Lelystad' of 'Lelystad-Noord'. Then you can follow the signs 'Batavia Stad'.
· Parking : free, plenty spaces
· Sights in the area : BataviaWerf, Nieuw Land Erfgoedcentrum & the NISA