Marken is a village in Waterland and Zaan Region, North Holland, Netherlands.
It is known for its characteristic wooden houses and traditional costumes. It's a peninsula in the IJsselmeer lake, but connected to the mainland by a causeway.
This picturesque little village was originally situated on an island. Floods were regular and often disastrous. To protect their belongings and themselves from the water, the inhabitants created artificial dwelling hills on which they build their houses. As fishery became the main economic activity, the population grew rapidly.
When the Afsluitdijk was finished in 1932, and the Zuiderzee became the sweet water IJsselmeer with no access to the sea, fishery activities came to an end. When the dike between Marken and the mainland was closed in 1957, Marken wasn't even a real island anymore. Nevertheless, the village still has the looks and feel of a fishermen's town and an island. For over a century, it has drawn in visitors who wanted a glance at its traditional costumes and picturesque houses.
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grigand (18583) 2012-09-27 13:56
A nice compo, I like your choose for large space to the sky !
marabu61 (3900) 2012-09-27 14:03
a pleasing photo of this light tower. good idea to give the interesting sky so much space in the frame, it gives the scene a sense of scale.
dkmurphys (36759) 2012-09-28 1:38
very picturesque place with the old fashioned lighthouse. Well seen and presented, enjoy a great weekend.