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Marken in 2015
Marken in 2015
Location in the municipality of Waterland
Location in the municipality of Waterland
Coordinates: 52°27′30″N 5°6′24″E / 52.45833°N 5.10667°E / 52.45833; 5.10667Coordinates: 52°27′30″N 5°6′24″E / 52.45833°N 5.10667°E / 52.45833; 5.10667
Country Netherlands
Province North Holland
Municipality Waterland
Population (2004)
 • Total 1,846
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Marken (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmɑrkən]; Marken's dialect: Mereke) is a town with a population of 1,846 in the municipality of Waterland in the province of North Holland in the Netherlands. Marken forms a peninsula in the Markermeer and was formerly an island in the Zuiderzee.

Marken is the namesake of the Markermeer, the body of water which surrounds it. The former island is nowadays connected to the North Holland mainland by a causeway. Also, Marken is a well-known tourist attraction, well known for its characteristic wooden houses.

For some time during the later 19th and early 20th centuries, Marken and its inhabitants were the focus of considerable attention by folklorists, ethnographers and physical anthropologists, who regarded the small fishing town as a relic of the traditional native culture that was destined to disappear as the modernization of the Netherlands gained pace.[1] Among them was the Belgian painter Xavier Mellery who stayed in Marken at the request of Decoster. He was asked to perform illustrative work and delivered several intimist works.

Marken was a separate municipality until 1991, when it was merged into Waterland.[2]

A panorama of Marken showing the community of Grote Werf with the village of Marken in the background

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  1. ^ H.W. Roodenburg, "Marken als relict: het samengaan van schilderkunst, toerisme, volkskunde en fysische antropologie rond 1900". Volkskundig Bulletin 25.2/3 (1999), 197-214.
  2. ^ Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten, KNAW, 2006.

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