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An impressive feat of engineering
Over the course of its 1,000 year history, The Land of Leeghwater has been shaped by human hands. In order for people to live in the region, dikes are required to keep water levels low. Once upon a time, this was done with hundreds of windmills. Nowadays, much more advanced pumping stations are used.
The area’s ditches, canals, pastures and locks are still being endlessly tweaked and improved upon in accordance with a series of rigid geometric principles that date back to the Dutch Golden Age. Because of this, UNESCO has added The Land of Leeghwater to its World Heritage List.