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    Zuiderzeemuseum - POLDER AREA

    by balhannah Written Jul 7, 2009

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    Around here, is the Watermill, and Farm house & farm. On the Farm, you will find some Cows, some very fat Sheep, Ducks & Chickens. The functioning Smoke House is where Herrings are preserved by smoking them over smouldering wood chips before packing them in barrels. They also preserve Eels.

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    Zuiderzeemuseum - TOWN CANAL AREA

    by balhannah Written Jul 7, 2009

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    The Town canal area is where you will find Amsterdam House, a Restaurant where you can enjoy a meal. The Woodturner, Pastry shop from which you can purchase nice Pastries, Pharmacy, Cheese warehouse, Butcher, Farm credit Bank, Edam souvenir shop and the steam laundry are some of the buildings in this area.
    The Steam laundry was very interesting to watch. I was glad that I was living in this century and not back then!
    Photos do not do it justice!

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    Zuiderzeemuseum - CHURCH DISTRICT

    by balhannah Written Jul 7, 2009

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    In the Church district, you will find the Sailmakers store, where you should find him making Sails to be used on traditional Zuiderzee sailing ships. There is also the Post Office, School, Hairdressers, Cooperage, Lolly shop, Smithy, Photography shop and of course, the Church. The Church was brought here from an Island near Enkhuisen. All these shops are fitted out in period style, and you can buy Lollies (Old style of course!)

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    Zuider Zee Museum

    by Britannia2 Written Jul 5, 2009

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    Quite simply the best musuem I have ever been to. The Zuiderzee Museum was founded in 1948 but the Museum Park was completed in 1983 after years of preparation. This provides an image of how people used to live and work around the Zuiderzee between 1880 and 1930.
    The museum park is set in to linked areas - the Church area, the Town Canal, the Nature area, Marken Harbour reconstruction and the Polder. Space is limited here but the website has fuller details.
    The reconstructions are first class and really do recreate the area as it was prior to 1930 complete with authentic smells.
    Children can dress up in traditional costume and there are many displays of crafts such as a blacksmith, rope making, boat building and so on.
    The cafe / restaurant is very good and the whole museum is disabled friendly although access to some restored cottages would be difficult.

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    Ship in a Bottle museum

    by Britannia2 Written Jun 22, 2009

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    Ship in a bottle museum

    In Dutch this is the "Flessenscheepjesmuseum " and this interesting 17th century building has allegedly the worlds largest collection of ships in a bottle. There is a video demonstration of how a ship gets in to a bottle .
    Closed at Christmas and the New Year, Entrance is €3.

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    Paulus Potter statue

    by Britannia2 Written Jun 14, 2009

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    Paulus Potter

    This wonderful statue stands on the grass near the town gate at the harbour. It is a very clever statue because it shows the Dutch artist Paulus Potter painting a goat and you can see the statue of the goat on the other side of the path on the grass in my photo.
    This is a very imaganitive memorial to Potter. Little is known about him and Wikipedia states :-
    Paulus Potter (baptised on November 20, 1625 in Enkhuizen – buried on January 17, 1654 in Amsterdam) was a Dutch painter, specialized in animals in landscapes, usually with a low point of view. Before Potter died of tuberculosis, 28-years old, he succeeded in producing about a hundred paintings, working continuously.

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    Zuiderzeemuseum

    by Roeffie Written Jan 13, 2008

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    This museum is an open air museum. The museum represents the life of people around the former dutch inlandsea called Zuiderzee. Buildings from other towns around the sea were broken down at their original place and rebuilt here in the museum.

    In the season there are also people who perform living history here. They show you how the lived and how the worked, what they ate and so on.

    Opening Hours

    Open daily from 10.00 am to 17.00 pm.
    Closed on the first day of Christmas and New Years Day.

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    Franciscus Xaverius Kerk

    by Airpunk Written Oct 10, 2007

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    Franciscus Xaverius Kerk

    The third large church in Enkhuizen’s old town is the Franciscus Xaverius Kerk, the roman catholic church of the town. Although located between buildings from the 16th and 17th century and despite its old appearance, it is one of the younger buildings in town. It was erected in 1905. The parish of the Franciscus Xaverius Kerk is far older, it has the origins in the pre-reformation parsihes of St. Pancras and St. Gomarus

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    Westerkerk of St. Gomaruskerk

    by Airpunk Written Oct 10, 2007

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    This church, completed in 1519 is the largest church in the old town. Built in brickstone gothic, the Westerkerk almost disappears between all the other buidlings of the old town. Its wooden tower is not directly connected to the nave, giving the whole church a strange appearance. The tower was rebuilt in the 19th century and has so lost its original gothic style.

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    St. Pancras’ of Zuiderkerk

    by Airpunk Written Oct 10, 2007

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    Spire of the Zuderkerk

    The Zuiderkerk (southern church), formerly and now again also known by the name of St. Pancras’ church. Although it is a little smaller than the Westerkerk, it is considered as the main church of the town. The church’s famous mark is the spire which was altered in the 16th century to have today’s shape. Several small buildings, most of them with come clerical character, have been attached to the church. The church was built between 1423 and 1524 and dedicated to St. Pancras, a popular saint in Frisia. The beautiful painting on the ceiling was covered with a dark coat of paint after the reformation in 1609 and was not rediscovered until the 20th century.

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    West-Friese Munt (West-Frisian mint)

    by Airpunk Written Oct 10, 2007

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    West-Friese Munt (West-Frisian mint)

    This house with its richly decorated façade from 1617 was once the West-Frisian mint. Enkhuizen, part of the province of Frisia for centuries, had the right to coin money for twelve years. This happenede in this building which had an interesting history. Before becoming the mint, it was part of a monastery. Afterwards, it even served as the see of the house of Orange for a short time.

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    Weeshuis (orphanage)

    by Airpunk Written Oct 10, 2007

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    Weeshuis (orphanage)

    The orphanage is one of the oldest buildings in Enkhuizen, dating back to 1551. The current façade is from 1616. Like in many old towns in the Netherlands, it was built by wealthy merchants with the purpose to do good in a biblical sense and make their souls go to heaven. The life of the orphans was only secondary to most of these people. What is interesting in the case of Enkhuizen is that the orphanage was in use as such until 1983.

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    Dromedaris

    by Airpunk Written Oct 10, 2007

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    This mighty, old tower was once part of the city fortification. It was erected in 1540 and already by then one of the best-known of Enkhuizen. Each side has an ornament showing a figure and the city’s coats of arms. The decorations on the side facing the town are a little younger, dating from 1639. The gate Today, it houses a café.
    If somebody knows, where its nickname comes from, please send me a mail.

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    Markerwaarddijk / Houtribdijk

    by Airpunk Written Oct 10, 2007

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    View from Markerwaarddijk / Houtribdijk

    This dam was finished in 1976 as a first step to win land in today’s Markermeer. It was part of the Zuiderzeewerke projects and the Markerwaardpolder waas supposed to be the last of the polders. Ecological issues were the main driving force behind the plan, not to build the last polder. The dam was completed, dividing the Ijsselmeer into Ijsselmeer and Markermeer. It is used as a quick connection from Lelystad to Enkhuizen, from Flevoland to Noordholland. The motorway on the dam has the designation N302. If you do not have a car and want to travel on this dam, take bus line 150. It runs four time a day (once in the morning, three times in the afternoon) between Lelystad and Enkhuizen.

    The official name is Houtribdijk, but the name Markerwaarddijk is commonly used too. Lelydijk or just dijk Enkhuizen-Lelystad are other common names.

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    Snouck van Loosenpark

    by Airpunk Updated Oct 10, 2007

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    Snouck van Loosenpark

    This complex, consisting of a small park and several buildings was constructed in the late 19th century. It was financed by the legacy of a wealthy local woman with the name Maria Margaretha Snouck van Loosen, the last member of a well-known patrician family. Her last will was to give a home to the poor and so, 50 working class houses were built on a parcel of land with the size of two hectars. The whole place was refurbished in the early 1980s and today, it is a very popular place to live in central Enkhuizen.
    The park is open to the public, but as you walk through the gardens, keep in mind that this is a residential area.

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