Friday, 25 March 2011

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM NETHERLANDS

 Urk Lighthouse is located on a promontory in the town of Urk, in the Flevoland province in the central Netherlands. Urk, once an island in the Zuiderzee, has been joined to the mainland since the 1930s, and the lighthouse now stands on the east shore of the IJsselmeer. The important economic pillar of the village is the fishery. The 18.5 m (61 ft) round brick tower was first lit on May 18th, 1845 and was attached to 2-story keeper's house. The station was electrified in 1920 and automated in 1989. The lighthouse was restored in 1972 and was declared a national monument in 1981. Former lighthouse keeper Koert Bakker leads school groups and tourists to visit the lighthouse.
Thank you, Mrs. Veen for this beautiful card.

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