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A Bulwark against the Water. The Ir. D.F. Wouda Pumping Station
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A Bulwark against the Water. The Ir. D.F. Wouda Pumping Station

(Marina de Vries) The Low Countries - 1999, № 7, pp. 263-264

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Like a sober, brick-built castle, the Ir. D.F. Wouda pumping station (1920) stands proud on the IJsselmeer dike near the Friesian town of Lemmer. The largest and oldest steam-driven pumping station in the Netherlands (and still in use!) now rubs shoulders with the Egyptian pyramids and the Grand Canyon: it was placed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in December 1998 as a testament to the Dutch battle against the water.

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