Almere (lake)

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The lake Almere ca 800 AD.

The lake Almere was an inland lake in the place of today's IJsselmeer in the center of the Netherlands.

History[edit]

The texts of ancient Romans called it the Lake Flevo. Lake Almere is mentioned among others in a life of saints written by Bishop Anglo-Saxon Saint Boniface in 753, or a deed of gift from the town of Urk.

Its etymology may be eels, in Dutch aal or ael, so: "ael mere" = "eel lake"

Presumably, the water of Almere at that time was freshwater or slightly brackish.

A number of factors have led during the Middle Ages to the transformation of the lake to an inland sea that will be called Zuiderzee, these are:

The name[edit]

The name of the new town of Almere in the Flevoland was given in 1984 in memory of this body of water.

Coordinates: 52°35′26″N 5°26′50″E / 52.59056°N 5.44722°E / 52.59056; 5.44722