Holland’s Finest – UNESCO meetings
August 12, 2014
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations whose mission is to contribute to peace-building, poverty reduction, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, science, culture and communication. Most people know about UNESCO because of their world heritage sites.
In Holland there are 9 sites that are placed on UNESCO’s world heritage site list. How special would it be to combine your meeting with these historical places?
For centuries Schokland lay exposed as a lump of peat in the middle of the often turbulent Zuider Zee. Regularly the sea would turn into a greedy monster, slashing off chunks from the island. Nowadays, Schokland is an island laid dry, that can still be seen ‘sticking up’ from the polder floor. It is not without reason that this site was the first monument in the Netherlands to receive the status of World Heritage.
The architectural national monuments include the light keeper’s house and a church building. In addition, hundreds of archeological dwelling mounds, dike systems and other relics have been found. Also on and around Schokland remains have been found of prehistoric and early historic communities living on peat land, that lay constantly exposed to the threats of the sea.
Stelling van Amsterdam
The Defence Line of Amsterdam was a defence, located 15 to 20 kilometres around the centre of the Dutch Amsterdam. The Defence is 135 kilometres long, contains 45 forts and was built from 1880 to 1920.
The defence line of Amsterdam is part of the New Dutch Waterline and is an important line of water defence in Dutch history.
The windmills of Kinderdijk concern nineteen windmills in the northwest of the Alblasserwaard, a region in the province of South Holland. It involves polder mills that form two corridors. The site is a large international tourist attraction. The mill rows can be properly visited on foot or by bike. One of the mills, quite close to the buildings of Kinderdijk, can also be viewed from the inside.
The windmills of Kinderdijk were built in the fifteenth century, but the current windmills date mostly from 1738 and 1740.
Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
The Ir. D. F. Woudagemaal is the largest working steam pumping station in the world. The pumping station is located at Tacozijl (near Lemmer) and is used to lower the water level in Friesland when the J.L. Hooglandgemaal at Stavoren cannot deliver sufficient capacity.
The pumping station, named after ir. D. F. Wouda chief engineer of the Provincial Water Management of Friesland, was built in 1917 '18 in a traditional style with influences of rationalism.
Droogmakerij de Beemster
It remains an amazing adventure; by using wind energy people in the seventeenth century turned lakes into thousands of hectares of land within the space of a few years. People were proud of this technical feat, and this pride was expressed in the design of the landscape. If there is one place where you can experience the poetry of a straight line, it is in the Beemster, the oldest of the reclaimed lands of Noord-Holland. The construction of the dikes and reclaiming of the land was completed in 1612. With its strict geometric landscape the Beemster is still a masterpiece of seventeenth century technology and landscaping.
The Rietveld Schröder House is designed by Gerrit Rietveld in 1923-1924 in the city of Utrecht. The house is fully implemented in accordance with the ideals of the art movement ‘De Stijl’. Rietveld designed the house for Truus Schröder-Schrader, who lived there from January 1925 until her death in 1985. The can be visited on a guided tour.
The Wadden Sea is the inland sea between the islands and the North Sea on one side, and on the other hand, the mainland Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. The Wadden Sea has a great ecological value.
The shallow, relatively warm waters of the Wadden Sea with its rich soil provides for the living conditions of large numbers of plants and animals. Approximately 250 plant species occur only in the Wadden Sea. Expect to find a lot of seals, fish and birds here.
Zeventiende-eeuwse grachtengordel Amsterdam
The canals area in Amsterdam is part of the inner city that has four main canals: Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht.
The canal area is a system of roads, embankments, bridges and houses at fairly identical plots of equal length and width with closed courtyards. Many canal houses descend from the Golden Age, but in most cases of the 18th century. Because the premises in the course of centuries have been restored several times, many different architectural styles and façades coexist. The picturesque canals are one of the main tourist attractions of Amsterdam and, since August 1, 2010 on the World Heritage List.
Van Nelle Fabriek
The former Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam is the world's most important industrial monument in the Netherlands. The plant, designed by Leendert van der Vlugt in co-operation with manufacturer Ir. J. G. Wiebenga, is a textbook example of the Modern Movement, and was built between 1927 and 1930.
Today it is home to a variety of companies in the field of media and design. Some rooms are used for meetings, conferences and events. The factory attracts 40,000 to 60,000 visitors every year.