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Schokland

the abandoned island in the polder.

 

In 1825 there was an complete inundation of the island.

Almost every year since then the water of the Zuiderzee

came upon the island of Schokland.

In 1859 the government decided that the island of Schokland

had to be abandonded.

People had to leave within a few months.

Their houses and churches and schools were demolished

by the Dutch army.

In 1942 the polder was pumped empty and the Zuiderzee

became the IJsselmeer.

The abandoned island of Schokland became a hill in the polder.

At the time is decided to make a museum on the middle part of the island,

and leaving the rest of the island to be part of the farm land.

 

The island of Schokland has been declared Unesco World Heritage.

 

The North entrance of the demolished church of Zuidbuurt.

This church has been used from around the year 1100 until

around 1830 during more then seven centuries.

The area of the ruins has been kept as a cemetary.

In 1939 the skeletons and bones were taken from this place

by some universities for racial research.

In 2009 the human remains were replaced in this area

after actions of descendants of the original inhabitants.

 

The wornout threshhold of this ancient entrance of the church tells us

about the ancient history of the island.

 

The island has been a hill in the ancient landscape before.

The hill was a bend in the flow of a since long vanished river named Vecht.

People have lived here since thousands of years.

 

The two rows of trees are pointing out the West and East side of the island of Schokland.

The demolished church is visibly higher then the island itself,

indicating the presence of more remnants and cellars.

 

Another view from the ruins of the church of Zuidbuurt towards the West edge

of the ancient island.

The fundamentals of the churchtower are visible.

 

The fundamentals of the ancient lighthouse at the South point

of the island of Schokland.

The lighthouse was about 10 metres high and called Vuurplaat.

 

The center of the ancient village of Middelbuurt.

The church was kept safe.

All around were the houses of the inhabitants.

The fundamentals of houses are pointing out of the soil.

Now the church and this area are part of the museum.

The entrance of the museum at Middelbuurt.

 

About 30 years ago Robert visited the museum and felt good about the approach.

This feeling has changed totally.

Today Robert feels the lack of respect for the ancient island.

The parking places should be next to the island.

The water should be flowing around the island.

No highways or any big roads should be on the soil of the island.

The boundaries of the island should be neatly indicated.

Reconstruction of the villages and harbours should be done.

 

View over the South part of the island.

The row of trees indicating the ancient West side of the island of Schokland.

 

 

Abandoned Church of Middelbuurt

North side.

Entrance of the abandoned church of Middelbuurt.

Inside the abandoned church of Middelbuurt.

Now part of the museum.

The water of the Zuiderzee was literally standing inside the houses.

Notice the height of the 1825 inundation.

In 1916 the island was already emptied by the army.

View from the North towards the South end of the Island of Schokland.

At the left is a little house visible.

There was the ancient village of Ens.

Today another village in the polder has been unjustly given the name Ens.

 

Wooden dikes were protecting the village of Middelbuurt in the final

desparated years before the final abandonement of the island.

 

South side of the church of Middelbuurt.

The tile in the wall of the church gives the height of the water in the year 1825.

 

Inside the abandoned church of Middelbuurt.

The museum feels more and more the influence of descendants

of the ancient population,

who try to bring the original objects back in place.

 

Robert was using the Mike Oldfield filter for picturing ancient energies and appearances.

Here clearly ancient souls are standing outside the church of Middelbuurt.

Waiting for what to happen?

 

 

Robert was using the Mike Oldfield filter near the ruins of the church of Zuidbuurt.

From several directions:

Robert had the impression that groups of energies were watching us.

 

 

 

The little house on the left here seen from the South

is indicating the position of the ancient village of Ens.

Halfway between Zuidbuurt with the ruins of the church and

the museum of Middelbuurt in the North.

 

North of Middelbuurt are also the remnants

of the abandoned port of the village of Emmeloord.

Another place in the polder has unjustly gotten the name of Emmeloord.

 

 

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