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Urk - Living history

A role-play of life on Urk in 1905 is enacted on the Urker Bult (Urk Rise). The Urker Bult consists of a street with a number of original houses that came from the former island of Urk in the Zuiderzee. A number of houses are inhabited by Riekelt and Jannetje Weerstand, Hiligje Post, Marretje Romkes and Lubbert Hoefnagel. Feel free to ask the ‘residents’ what they experience on Urk, and they will be glad to tell you.

Prior to the construction of the Noordoostpolder (North-east polder), Urk was an island in the Zuiderzee. Originally it was much larger. The boulderclay hump of land was plagued by storms and erosion on several occasions. Finally, an area of eighty hectares remained that lay a few metres above sea level. Agriculture was impossible, at least not on a large scale. For that reason, most Urk people were fishers or worked in the fish-processing industry. After the closure of the Zuiderzee, the Urk fishers took to the North Sea.

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Urk - Living history