A8ernA is an art project to convert the space underneath the A8 highway, that split the village of Koog aan de Zaan, into a welcoming area for the local population and visitors.
The Kogerkek was constructed in 1686 at the center of Koog aan de Zaan, at that time a village of about 200 houses and a thousand inhabitants. The original population changed from fishermen and farmers to millers and tradesmen.
The cementery was part of the church from the beginning. Both the church and the cementery were enlarged in 1825.
The church tower was hit by lightning at May 2, 1920. A fire followed that destroyed the tower and a major part of the roof. The reconstruction lasted two years.
In front of the church is a small building called "De Stolp", an administrative office and meeting facility.
De Muziek Freak is a cosy shop with great personal service. The main contents of the store has shifted to CD's, but there still are many vinyl records around. The owner, Arco Noom takes great value in supplying good quality. Expect some different, but interesting items.
You might find what you are looking for, but better notify Arco on forehand to let him know what you are looking for. He will come up with something to please you.
What to buy: Music
What to pay: Slightly higher prices, but you get quality!
The Koog aan de Zaan Albert Heyn is cleverly constructed underneath the A8 highway.
The building even got an architectural price.
For the rest it's Albert Heyn (close to its Zaandam roots) and the in-doors Gall & Gall liquor store.
What to buy: Groceries.