|• Total||270 ha (670 acres)|
|• Land||267 ha (660 acres)|
|• Water||3 ha (7 acres)|
|• Density||670/km2 (1,700/sq mi)|
Marken (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmɑrkə(n)]; Marken's dialect: Mereke) is a village in the municipality of Waterland in the province of North Holland, Netherlands. It had a population of 1,770 as of 2019 and occupies a peninsula in the Markermeer. It was formerly an island in the Zuiderzee. The characteristic wooden houses of Marken are a tourist attraction.
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 modernization of the Netherlands gained pace. Among them were Johann Friedrich Blumenbach who examined a human skull from the island which he called Batavus genuinus; and was the Belgian painter Xavier Mellery who stayed in Marken at the request of Charles De Coster. Mellery was asked to create illustrative work and delivered several intimist works.
Marken is in the municipality of Waterland in the east of the province of North Holland in the west of the Netherlands. Marken is a peninsula in the Markermeer, of which is it is the namesake, and is connected to the mainland of North Holland by a causeway.
Paard van Marken, the lighthouse
- (in Dutch) Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2009-2012, Statline, Statistics Netherlands, 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
- (in Dutch) Zoekresultaten, Postcode.nl. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
- (in Dutch) Netnummer zoeken, Telefoonboek.nl. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
- (in Dutch) Geschiedenis van Marken, Marker Museum. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
- 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.
- (in Dutch) Het Marker Museum, Marker Museum. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
- Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten, KNAW, 2011.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Marken.|
- (in Dutch) Marken at the website of the municipality of Waterland
- Marken travel guide from Wikivoyage
- J. Kuyper, Gemeente Atlas van Nederland, 1865-1870, "Marken". Map of the former municipality, around 1868.
- Tourist Information about Marken