Blokzijl

Blokzijl
City
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Blokzijl is located in Overijssel
Blokzijl
Blokzijl
Location in the Netherlands
Blokzijl is located in Netherlands
Blokzijl
Blokzijl
Blokzijl (Netherlands)
Coordinates: 52°43′35″N 5°57′42″E / 52.72639°N 5.96167°E / 52.72639; 5.96167Coordinates: 52°43′35″N 5°57′42″E / 52.72639°N 5.96167°E / 52.72639; 5.96167
CountryNetherlands
ProvinceOverijssel
MunicipalitySteenwijkerland
Area
[1]
 • Total16.28 km2 (6.29 sq mi)
Elevation
[2]
1 m (3 ft)
Population
 (2021)[1]
 • Total1,400
 • Density86/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
8356[1]
Dialing code0527

Blokzijl is a small city located southwest of Steenwijk in the province of Overijssel, the Netherlands. The city is a major tourist destination near the De Weerribben-Wieden National Park and attracts many water sports enthusiasts.

Blokzijl was founded in the 1580s as a trading post for peat. After the Siege of Steenwijk (1580–81) in the Eighty Years' War, the Dutch built a fortified lock or in local dialect zijl or siel. The monumental houses around the picturesque harbour were built during 17th century. Blokzijl received city rights in 1672, but was stripped of them a few years later. Until 1973, it was a separate municipality, when it became a component of the new municipality Brederwiede; it is now part of Steenwijkerland.

One the interesting sights of the city is an old cannon, located on the harbour quay. This cannon was not used for defense purposes, but as a warning device during storm and high tide. Flooding was a real danger before the Noordoostpolder and the Afsluitdijk were constructed in the 1930-40's. One residential building shows the height the water reached during a flood in 1825. In 1926, a fire destroyed part of the centre and damaged the church.[3]

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References

  1. ^ a b c "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2021". Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 17 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Postcodetool for 8356BE". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 17 March 2022.
  3. ^ "De zware brand te Blokzijl". Haagsche courant (in Dutch). 29 July 1926. Retrieved 17 March 2022.


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