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Old October 14th, 2012, 06:29 PM   #1
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Enkhuizen, the Netherlands

Enkhuizen is a small town (it has not even 20 000 inhabitants) in the northwest of the Netherlands (North-Holland province; West-Frisia region). What is a charming tourist town today was a powerful harbour city in the 17th century. The old town reflects the long and rich history of Enkhuizen, and is well preserverd since the town fell into decline in the 18th century and was not modernized anymore.

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The train station is located between the old town and the harbour.

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The westernmost city gate is named Koepoort ("cow gate"). The building was designed by the famous architect Jacob van Campen, who designed the Royal Palace in Amsterdam as well.

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These pyramid-shaped houses (stolpboerderijen) are typical for the West-Friesland region.

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Lutheran church.

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The city hall (1688).

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Enkhuizen has two medieval churches. The Zuiderkerk ("southern church") has a high tower.

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The second medieval church is the Westerkerk. Its wooden tower is separate from the nave.

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Enkhuizen remained a harbour city. In the 17th century, these harbours were filled with trading ships, but tourists took their place.

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The so called "Drommedaris" used to be a city gate. Today it's one of Enkhuizen's icons.

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Old October 15th, 2012, 05:44 PM   #2
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Charming city and nice pics!
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Old October 15th, 2012, 07:45 PM   #3
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Looking good, very nice town
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the Lower States have always been my favorite architecturally wise. So exotic. Seems so calm and peaceful
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Old October 16th, 2012, 12:24 AM   #5
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Looks beautiful despite I haven't even heard about it
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lovely place Enkhuizen...thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.
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What a lovely showcase of the urban scenery of this charming city.
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Itīs so cozy. Please post more pics!
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When I'm old and rich, I would like to live in one of those small historical Dutch towns. They're very cosy, full of history, small and quiet. The best thing is that the sea, the dunes and the polders are very nearby.
The stolpboerderijen with their large roof are very typical and very nice indeed. I'm a bit surprised to see the in the middle of the town though.
I wonder, how old is the reddish pavement in nearly every dutch town? Is it the old way of paving the roads or is it a more recent custom to make the city look more cosy and traditional? The yellow-red mosaic-looking pavement in front of the town hall looks old anyway.
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