Fairytale fortress in Holkerveen

´t Hammetje, also called Hammetjes Paradise, officially Ham Viswaterplas, is a plot with a fairytale fortress in Holkerveen near Vathorst. The structure is a folly and did not have the function of a fort before. It has two towers, Willem I and Willem II. Part of the 8-hectare site consists of a desalination lake that was dug to make the construction of the A28 possible. Creator and namesake Willem Ham built it since 1988 as a fortress against the advancing Amersfoort. He planted the plot with trees and shrubs. He used field boulders, debris and sewer pipes as material for the fort. He combined this with other materials such as church windows, agricultural tools and figurines. In addition, he laid down islands with debris, two of which he named after the Wadden Islands Texel and Rottum. Another island, called Man, has the form of a naked Eve. This shape changed through vegetation over the years.
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Fairytale fortress in Holkerveen
Fairytale fortress in Holkerveen

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