Except being the ultimate cycling country, Holland is, somehow, the capital of flowers. Floriade, the most beautiful garden in the world, is held every ten years (the last one was in 2002). At the picture, you see a usual icon from the flower market in the town.
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"History of Heerlen"
Heerlen is a municipality and a town in the southeastern Netherlands and the second biggest city in the province of Limburg.
In the 19th century it became a centre for the coal mining industry.
A distinctive building in the city centre is the so-called Glaspaleis (Glass Palace), which was put on a list of the 1000 most important buildings of the 20th century by the Union of International Architects in 1999 (after it had been declared a national monument in 1995). It was commissioned in the mid-1930's by fabric merchant Peter Schunck, who was inspired by a similar building in Rouen, France, and built in Bauhaus-style by architect Frits Peutz. The purpose was to create an atmosphere of a market, with all goods exposed in the shop in stead of back in the stock-room, a rather revolutionary idea at the time, as were the shopping windows (this was still a rather provincial town at the time). Also controversial was the idea to undertake a project of this scale during the depression, but Schunck's reply was that that was exactly the right time because labour was cheap and it was a stimulus to the economy. In the early 21st century it was renovated and now houses the public library, a film house, an art house, an architectural centre (Vitruvianum) and a music school.