Neeltje Jans

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Neeltje Jans
Oosterscheldekering lucht 1.JPG
Northern section of the flood barrier, with part of Neeltje Jans in the right bottom corner, the partial shoal Roggenplaat in the center.
NeeltjeJans-natuur-OpenTopo.jpg
Topographical map of the Oosterscheldedam. Neeltje Jans is the large island structure in the centre.
Geography
Location Eastern Scheldt
Coordinates Artificial island 51°37′37″N 3°42′01″E / 51.62694°N 3.70028°E / 51.62694; 3.70028Coordinates: Artificial island 51°37′37″N 3°42′01″E / 51.62694°N 3.70028°E / 51.62694; 3.70028
Administration
Province Zeeland
Municipality Veere
Additional information
Official website www.neeltjejans.nl

Neeltje Jans (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈneːltjə jɑns]) is an artificial island in the Netherlands in the province of Zeeland, halfway between Noord-Beveland and Schouwen-Duiveland in the Oosterschelde. It was constructed to facilitate the construction of the Oosterscheldedam.

After the construction a fun park with attractions and various expositions was built on the island, now connected to the shore through the dam. In addition part of the island is a nature reserve.[1]

The island was named after a nearby sand bank. The name of this sandbank has two possible origins:[2]

  • It could be named after a boat with the name Neeltje Jans, stranded on the sandbank. Neeltje is a Dutch first name (a diminutive from Cornelia or Neelie like in Neelie Kroes). Jans is a familiar surname (meaning a son or daughter of Jan).
  • It could be named after a goddess of the sea, Nehalennia.

The second stage of the 2015 Tour de France finished on Neeltje Jans on 5 July 2015.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Natuurmonumenten
  2. ^ Holland museums
  3. ^ "Tweede etappe Tour 2015 finisht op Neeltje Jans" (in Dutch). cyclingonline.nl. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 

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