An evening walk in the river landscape

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The old brick factory

Meinerswijk is a nature reserve in the south of the city of Arnhem located in the wash lands of the Rhine River. The muddy clay lands were already in use by the ancient Romans at the beginning of the calendar era. In the 800s a village was located here which was reported to be raided by Vikings. In the middle ages several mansions were constructed and demolished.

In the 19th and 20th century the wash lands were mainly the place for brick factories. Clay was harvested in the wash lands and immediately turned into bricks. At the places where the clay was removed from the soil big holes appeared which later filled with water creating some large pools. These pools and the meadows of the area are a nice habitat for all kinds of birds.

After the Second World War the area was claimed by the ministry of defense and became a part of the IJssel Line, a NATO Cold War line of defense.

The Rhine River at sunset
The idea was to be able to dam the main rivers to flood large portions of land in case of a Soviet Invasion. The remains of the Line are still visible in the landscape; a huge dam-like bridge, and the Casemates with huge gun turrets.

The last brick factory in this area closed in 1985. The large oven section and a chimney are still around. The building currently serves as a camper storage facility. It combines nicely with the landscape, way better than the old rusty gun turrets.

More pictures below. Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat 

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The old brick factory
The old brick factory
The Rhine River at sunset
The Rhine River at sunset
The railroad bridge over the Rhine…
The railroad bridge over the Rhin…
Wash lands, dikes
Wash lands, dikes
An abandoned part of the IJssel Li…
An abandoned part of the IJssel L…
An abandoned part of the IJssel Li…
An abandoned part of the IJssel L…
Not only birds, cattle is also aro…
Not only birds, cattle is also ar…
Swans on the clay pools
Swans on the clay pools
The icon for the city of Arnhem, t…
The icon for the city of Arnhem, …
One of the pools that were created…
One of the pools that were create…
The old brick factory
The old brick factory
The oven section of the old brick …
The oven section of the old brick…
The Rhine River at sunset
The Rhine River at sunset
Sunset
Sunset
GPS profile of the walk (rendered …
GPS profile of the walk (rendered…
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photo by: mdalamers
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