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From scratch

The short but interesting history of Almere begins in 1976, when the first houses were completed. These houses were built on new land, after part of the former Zuiderzee (Southern Sea), nowadays called the IJsselmeer, had been acclaimed during the 20th century. Construction in the new city hasn't stopped ever since, transforming Almere from a barren plain into the eighth largest city of the Netherlands in a truly astonishing rate. These efforts have yielded two experimental residential neighbourhoods De Fantasie' (Imagination) and 'De Realiteit' (Reality), distinctive residential areas, and several striking buildings.

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