Volendam, fishing village in North Holland.

Originally, Volendam was the location of the harbor of the nearby Edam, which was situated at the mouth of the IJ bay. In 1357, the inhabitants of Edam dug a shorter canal to the Zuiderzee with its own separate harbor. This removed the need for the original harbor, which was then dammed and used for land reclamation. Farmers and local fishermen settled there, forming the new community of Vollendam, which literally meant something like 'Filled dam' In the early part of the 20th century it became something of an artists' retreat, with both Picasso and Renoir spending time here.
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Volendam, fishing village in North Holland.
Volendam, fishing village in North Holland.

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