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Sunset in T贸rshavn by sorstrommen

Captured on the hill of Skansin in T贸rshavn.

Skansin is located on a hill beside the port of T贸rshavn. The fort was built in 1580 by Magnus Heinason to protect against pirate raids of the town, after he himself was nearly caught up in one such raid. The fort was expanded considerably in 1780 and went through a series of rebuilds for many years afterwards. During the Second World War the fort served Britain as a military base. Two guns date from the British occupation, standing along with many older Danish cannons.

One of the Faroese lighthouses, the Skansin Lighthouse, towers over the fortress, pointing the way to the capital. The strategic location of the fort offers tourists picturesque views of T贸rshavn port, surrounding landscape and views out towards N贸lsoy island.

T贸rshavn is the capital and largest city of the Faroe Islands, a country situated between Scotland and Iceland. T贸rshavn is located in the southern part on the east coast of Streymoy. To the northwest of the city lies the 347-meter high mountain H煤sareyn, and to the southwest, the 350-meter high Kirkjub酶reyn. The town proper has a population of around 15,000.

The Vikings established their parliament on the Tinganes peninsula in 850 CE.T贸rshavn thus became the capital of the Faroe Islands and has remained so ever since. All through the Middle Ages the narrow peninsula jutting out into the sea made up the main part of T贸rshavn. Early on, T贸rshavn became the centre of the islands’ trade monopoly, thereby being the only legal place for the islanders to sell and buy goods. In 1856, the trade monopoly was abolished and the islands were left open to free trade.

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Kinderdijk, Holland. by remoscarfo

Kinderdijk windmills: unique & iconic water management.

A significant part of Holland is situated up to approximately 7 meters below sea level. The Dutch don鈥檛 notice any of this though, because an incredibly innovative and intricate system keeps the ever-rising seawater from flooding the land. Even during spring tide, the Dutch are safely guarded from being washed away鈥
The most important aspect of UNESCO World Heritage Kinderdijk is undoubtedly the unique collection of 19 authentic windmills, which are considered a Dutch icon throughout the entire world.
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