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View of the village Urk
Netherlands, Urk, Febr. 2011

Urk used to be an island in the IJsselmeer, the former Zuiderzee. In 1939 a dike from the mainland to Urk ended its island status. It is one of the most conservative areas in the Netherlands. Its documented history dates back to 966. The important economic pillar of the village is, and has always been, the fishery. After the IJsselmeer was formed, the Urkers fished on the North Sea. Due to rising prices of fish, at present Urk is a very prosperous village.
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Feb 08 2011 18:10 GMT Papagena
Interesting informations about this lovely village Peter !!
Feb 08 2011 19:02 GMT Annamaria
Nice shot, Peter!! I must really go there sometime.....
Feb 08 2011 19:13 GMT elsje323
lovely shot, I agree with Anna-maria, never been there.
Feb 08 2011 19:24 GMT FRIESIAN
Mooi p[laatje van Urk! Ik ben er nog nooit geweest maar ga dit beslist nog een keer doen.
Feb 08 2011 19:46 GMT clintonfolks
lovely photo, great bit of history.!!!
Feb 08 2011 23:18 GMT lizzieb
Terrific shot of Urk. And I love the history too.
Feb 09 2011 03:27 GMT junne PRO
good information of a picturesque village. amazing that they can still make a living when the oceans yield so much less than in old times.
here too, thousands of fishing vessels lie still because of strikt limits to fishing.
Feb 09 2011 03:40 GMT larrybenedict
A pretty picture. I enjoyed reading the history and examining the larger size for the details. Looks like a pretty day with a breeze out of the North-Northwest as indicated by the windsocks in the photo.
Feb 09 2011 03:45 GMT MargNZ
A charming Dutch fishing village ... I enjoyed the information Peter :)
Feb 09 2011 07:44 GMT teddybear2
an awesome looking village and great information
Feb 09 2011 10:24 GMT skyball
Lovely place..complete with lighthouse..lovely shot!!!!...
Feb 09 2011 10:47 GMT bandsix
what a fantastic place...would love to be walking along the front right now!!
Feb 09 2011 12:46 GMT linnywv PRO
Looks like a perfect spot to live!
Feb 09 2011 12:56 GMT hans55 PRO
great views at this former island !!
Feb 09 2011 13:47 GMT senna3
Thank you all for the kind comments!
Feb 09 2011 13:50 GMT senna3
I am not so sure Linda. The Urkers are a very close community, most of them have lived there for many generations. Strangers will not easily be accepted!
Feb 09 2011 15:38 GMT Lalbabu
Great landscape shot!!!
Feb 09 2011 19:33 GMT senna3
Thank you Lizzie.
Feb 09 2011 19:33 GMT senna3
Thank you Soumen.