Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.
— Mikhail Lermontov
For nearly a thousand years, the Dutch have been clever in dealing with the water that surrounds them. The sustainable blend of nature and technology used to keep Kinderdijk dry is so uniquely valuable that the area and its windmills were granted UNESCO World Heritage status.
You won’t find a windmill complex like Kinderdijk anywhere else in the world. The ingenious system of windmills and pumping stations have been keeping the soil dry here for centuries now, in a constant struggle between human brains and the power of the water.
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