Unique Industrial Heritage

This weeks’ photo challenge is themed unique.

I’ve blogged about this before and promised to share some more pictures. So here they are. I think they fit in nicely with the theme.

The Woudagemaal is the worlds largest steam-driven pumping station in the world still in use. Even today the monumental pumping station ensures that the people of Fryslân keep their feet dry during high water. When that happens, the ‘cathedral of steam’ pumps up over four million litres of water per minute from the Frisian ‘boezem’ (drainage pool) into the IJsselmeer.
Since 1998 the Woudagemaal is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This list includes monuments of such exceptional value, that they rank as the common heritage of humanity. Among others UNESCO calls the pumping station ‘a highlight of the Dutch hydraulic engineering’ because it shows in a special manner how man controls nature by steam power.


16 Replies to “Unique Industrial Heritage”

    1. There are 2 big (and newer) pumpingstations in Fryslân, but if there’s a problem, this one will be turned on. Problems can be the tide at one of the other pumping stations or too much water so that those 2 can’t get rid of it. Normally those 2 will do just fine, but sometimes this one has to help out.

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