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    EACH YEAR THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE VISIT MADURODAM, THE SMALLEST CITY IN THE WORLD. SINCE IT?

  • Description


    VARIOUS SHOTS OF MODEL CITY.




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    Background: EACH YEAR THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE VISIT MADURODAM, THE SMALLEST CITY IN THE WORLD. SINCE IT WAS COMPLETED IN 1952, MORE THAN 11 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE WALKED THROUGH THE STREETS OF THIS REPLICA OF A TYPICAL DUTCH CITY.

    FOR THE VISITOR TO MADURODAM, IN THE HAGUE, THERE IS THE FEELING OF A GULLIVER AMONG THE LILLIPUTIANS, FOR IN THIS UNIQUE CITY EVERYTHING IS BUILT PERFECTLY TO SCALE.

    MADURODAM IS UNIQUE IN MORE WAYS THAN A SIMPLY ITS SIZE. IT HAS A ROYAL MAYORESS -- PRINCESS BEATRIX OF THE NETHERLANDS, WHO HAS HELD THE OFFICE SINCE SHE OFFICIALLY OPENED IT TO THE PUBLIC IN 1952.

    THE CITY WAS FOUNDED IN 1950, AND TOOK TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE. ITS FOUNDER WAS MRS BOON-VAN DER STARF, WHO SUGGESTED THE IDEA OF A MINIATURE CITY AS A WAY OF RAISING MONEY FOR THE DUTCH STUDENTS' SANITORIUM. A COUPLE FROM CURACAO, MR AND MRS MADURO, PROVIDED THE MONEY TO FOUND THE CITY SO THAT IT COULD ALSO STAND AS MEMORIAL TO THEIR SON, ONCE, A STUDENT A LEYDEN UNIVERSITY, WHO WAS DECORATED FOR BRAVERY WHEN HOLLAND WAS INVADED BY THE GERMANS IN 1940, AND WHO DIED IN THE NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMP AT CACHAU IN 1945.

    EVERYTHING IN MADURODAM IS IN PERFECT MINIATURE. THERE IS THE PARLIAMENT BUILDING, WITH A GOLDEN COACH OUTSIDE; AN ART GALLERY; A STREET ORGAN WHICH ACTUALLY PLAYS MUSIC, TRAINS, SHIPS, AND AEROPLANES WHICH ARE ALL REALISTIC WORKING MODELS. AND THERE IS EVEN A MARKET SQUARE WITH A GIN DISTILLERY.

    ALL THE PROFITS WHICH COME FROM THE THOUSANDS OF VISITORS WHO SEE THE CITY GO TO THE DUTCH STUDENTS'.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA145HIXOG8SY6OZRE323S6ODC9
    Media URN:
    VLVA145HIXOG8SY6OZRE323S6ODC9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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