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Tom Kisjes / 55 items

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The Netherlands-Medemblik
View on Radboud Castle. The name suggests that it was founded by the ancient Frisian King Radboud (8th c.), whose name was related to the castle in a legend. Indeed, there are historical facts showing us possibilities of the presence of an older ancient fortress before the castle was built. But historical evidence of any connection to King Radboud is not known.
In the 13th century, Floris V, Count of Holland, gave high priority to the strategial importance of Medemblik during his struggle against the revolting West Frisians. After his final conquest he founded five castles to consolidate his victory and to control West Frisia; all these castles were built between 1282 and 1289. Medemblik Castle was finished in 1287. After the assassination of Floris in 1296, several castellans in the history of the castle succeeded in keeping aggressors outside the gate. Amongst these attackers the well known King of Frisia "Grote Pier" and his gang, the 'Zwarte Hoop', a savage group of 4000 soldiers from Frisia and Gelre. Finally, Radboud Castle had ceased to exist as a defending fortress. The States of Holland decided to transfer the castle to be a property of the Medemblik local government in 1608. At last, the castle fell in decay. The divine services were stopped in 1734 and at the end of the 19th century Radboud Castle was a ruin. While most towers were removed, only two square towers were left. After restoration (1890-1934-1964), Radboud Castle has a cultural and educational function nowadays, and is used as a museum-castle with expositions.

Image made with kite and camera (attached to the kite's line). © Tom Kisjes

Tags:   KAP The Netherlands West-Friesland Medemblik kasteel Radboud Floris V dwangburcht kasteel IJsselmeer Medemblik Castle Radboud Castle Grote Pier luchtfotografie aerial photography

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The Netherlands
Outside the dyke land in lake IJssel, north of Enkhuizen.
Image made with kite and camera (attached to the kite's line).

Tags:   KAP Nederland The Netherlands West-Friesland Enkhuizen Andijk Oosterdijk IJsselmeer buitendijks land De Ven luchtfotografie aerial photography Westfriese omringdijk

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Enkhuizen was one of the harbour-towns of the VOC, like Hoorn and Amsterdam, from where overseas trade with the East Indies was conducted. It received city rights in 1355. In the mid-17th century, Enkhuizen was at the peak of its power and was one of the most important harbour cities in the Netherlands. However, due to a variety of reasons, Enkhuizen lost its position to Amsterdam.
Nowadays, Enkhuizen continues the maritime tradition and has one of the largest marinas of the Netherlands.
Tourism is one of the most important businesses as large parts of the inner city are still intact. This includes two magnificent 15th century churches, the largely intact 17th century city walls, gates and tower (the Drommedaris, under restoration) and the 17th century city hall. (Text fragments, after Kappix)

Tags:   KAP

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The Netherlands Koopmanspolder
View on a polder, the "Koopmanspolder", situated between Wervershoof and Andijk, next to a 126 km long dyke, the Westfriese Omringdijk".
This polder is redesigned as a testing ground for water storage and waterlevel management. During several cycles with different waterlevels monitoring of flora, fauna (a.o. fish migration) and water quality takes place.
The designers' inspiration was the whirlpool of an empty running bathtub. Best seen from above :0)
Image made with kite and camera (attached to the kite's line). © Tom Kisjes

Tags:   KAP The Netherlands Nederland Wervershoof Andijk Koopmanspolder Hoogheemraadschap HHNK Rijkswaterstaat Staatsbosbeheer SBB waterpeil vismigratie Provincie Noord-Holland polder Westfriese Omringdijk IJsselmeer aerial luchtfoto aerial photography luchtfotografie

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Kite and camera session in Hoorn (West-Friesland) with Ramon and Martin.

Tags:   KAP Hoorn West-Friesland


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