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Zaanse Schans, a Dutch cultural site

A Dutch cultural site that reproduces the living conditions of a traditional town in the Zaan region (Zaanstreek) during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Zaanse Schans windmills

Zaanse Schans windmills - Zaandam, Netherlands The traditional Dutch windmills have been placed along the bank of the Zaan River. All of these windmills are not only a tourist attraction, but are actually functional and each of them processes specific raw materials, such as pigments, spices or wood.

Houses of Zaanse Schans

Houses of Zaanse Schans - Zaandam, Netherlands All the houses, stores and windmills have been transferred from various parts of the Zaan region to create Zaanse Schans in the 1960s, with authentic buildings.

Canals bordering the gardens of the traditional Dutch houses

Canals bordering the gardens of the traditional Dutch houses - Zaandam, Netherlands

The clog workshop of Zaanse Schans

The clog workshop of Zaanse Schans - Zaandam, Netherlands From the cheese and chocolate factories to the clog workshop, most stores in Zaanse Schans allow not only acquiring various artisan products but also seeing demonstrations, such as how clogs ("klompen") are made.

The rush mat factory of Zaanse Schans

The rush mat factory of Zaanse Schans - Zaandam, Netherlands

De Gekroonde Poelenburg and Verfmolen De Kat

De Gekroonde Poelenburg and Verfmolen De Kat - Zaandam, Netherlands On the left, the sawmill Gekroonde Poelenburg from 1867, which proceeds from Koog aan de Zaan, to the southwest of Zaanse Schans. In the background, the windmill in the center of the picture is known as De Kat (the Cat), and was built in 1664. This windmill is a "Verfmolen", or paint mill, which grinds pigments for the manufacture of paint.

Garden of the sundial in Zaanse Schans

Garden of the sundial in Zaanse Schans - Zaandam, Netherlands

Workshops and stores immersed in nature

Workshops and stores immersed in nature - Zaandam, Netherlands

Houses and gardens of Zaanse Schans

Houses and gardens of Zaanse Schans - Zaandam, Netherlands

Detail of the clogs exhibited inside the clog workshop of Zaanse Schans

Detail of the clogs exhibited inside the clog workshop of Zaanse Schans - Zaandam, Netherlands

Machinery used to manufacture clogs

Machinery used to manufacture clogs - Zaandam, Netherlands On the right, a German machine that the artisans use to sculpt the external shape of clogs from a wooden block. This is a veritable clogs copier that rotates and carves the wooden bock imitating the shape of any other clog used as a reference model. On the left, a French machine that is used to drill and carve the clog’s interior.

Side view of the machinery used to manufacture clogs

Side view of the machinery used to manufacture clogs - Zaandam, Netherlands In the German machine on the right you can see a clog just "copied". The next step will be to drill the interior with the French machine, and then the artisan must finish carving the piece by hand, and let the wood dry, which exudes water, before painting it or adding external details.

The sundial garden

The sundial garden - Zaandam, Netherlands

Scenery of Zaanse Schans

Scenery of Zaanse Schans - Zaandam, Netherlands A canal and the windmills De Kat and De Zoeker.

Sheep grazing in one of the meadows of Zaanse Schans

Sheep grazing in one of the meadows of Zaanse Schans - Zaandam, Netherlands

Zaanse Schans is no place for stress

Zaanse Schans is no place for stress - Zaandam, Netherlands

Birds of Zaanse Schans

Birds of Zaanse Schans - Zaandam, Netherlands

Duck next to a canal and houses of Zaanse Schans

Duck next to a canal and houses of Zaanse Schans - Zaandam, Netherlands

Child clogs

Child clogs - Zaandam, Netherlands And tools to carve and sculpt clogs.

Clog models exhibited in the clog workshop

Clog models exhibited in the clog workshop - Zaandam, Netherlands The walls and ceiling of the clog workshop is covered with clog models of all kinds.

The diamond clog

The diamond clog - Zaandam, Netherlands

Clogs sculpted with sacred geometry

Clogs sculpted with sacred geometry - Zaandam, Netherlands

Clog-inspired violins

Clog-inspired violins - Zaandam, Netherlands

Clogs for walking on ice used by fishermen

Clogs for walking on ice used by fishermen - Zaandam, Netherlands

Clogs sculpted with geometric shapes

Clogs sculpted with geometric shapes - Zaandam, Netherlands

Giant clogs

Giant clogs - Zaandam, Netherlands Next to the Zaanse Schans clogs workshop.

Skiing clogs

Skiing clogs - Zaandam, Netherlands

Clogs sculpted with plant motifs

Clogs sculpted with plant motifs - Zaandam, Netherlands

Clogs for horses and for working on the fields

Clogs for horses and for working on the fields - Zaandam, Netherlands

Clogs made by the French artisan Pascal Jusot

Clogs made by the French artisan Pascal Jusot - Zaandam, Netherlands

The Huisman

The Huisman - Zaandam, Netherlands The windmill in Zaanse Schans used to process spices.

The windmills De Gekroonde Poelenburg and De Kat

The windmills De Gekroonde Poelenburg and De Kat - Zaandam, Netherlands

The Gekroonde Poelenburg in Zaanse Schans

The Gekroonde Poelenburg in Zaanse Schans - Zaandam, Netherlands

Sheep grazing next to a canal in Zaanse Schans

Sheep grazing next to a canal in Zaanse Schans - Zaandam, Netherlands

Canals and access bridges to some buildings in Zaanse Schans

Canals and access bridges to some buildings in Zaanse Schans - Zaandam, Netherlands

Three of the windmills of Zaanse Schans

Three of the windmills of Zaanse Schans - Zaandam, Netherlands From right to left: De Gekroonde Poelenburg, De Kat and De Zoeker. The latter is an oil mill transferred to Zaanse Schans in 1968.

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