Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout (2000)

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The Netherlands 1932. World Cultural Heritage. Windmill and landscape in the invironments of Kinderdijk.

The outstanding contribution made by the people of the Netherlands to the technology of handling water is admirably demonstrated by the installations in the Kinderdijk-Elshout area. 

Construction of hydraulic works for the drainage of land for agriculture and settlement began in the Middle Ages and have continued uninterruptedly to the present day. 

The site illustrates all the typical features associated with this technology – dykes, reservoirs, pumping stations, administrative buildings and a series of beautifully preserved windmills. 

  • The Netherlands 1932.  Windmill and landscape in the environments of Kinderdijk. 

The Kinderdijk-Elshout mill network is an outstanding man-made landscape that bears powerful testimony to human ingenuity and fortitude over nearly a millennium in draining and protecting an area by the development and application of hydraulic technology.


Many thanks to Mr. Jan Prygoda (The Netherlands) for all help and research. 

Other World Heritage Sites in The Netherlands (on this site). Inactive links are not described on stamps. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, section The Netherlands, for more information on such sites. 

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