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The lake Almere ca 800 AD.

Lake Almere was an inland lake in the place of today's IJsselmeer in the center of the Netherlands.


The texts of ancient Romans called it Lake Flevo. Lake Almere is mentioned among others in a life of saints written by Anglo-Saxon Bishop Saint Boniface in 753, and a deed of gift from the town of Urk.

Its etymology may be eels, in Dutch aal or ael, so: "ael mere" = "eel lake"

Presumably, the water of Lake Almere at that time was fresh water or slightly brackish.

A number of occurrences during the Middle Ages led to the transformation of the lake to an inland sea that would be called the Zuiderzee, which are:

The nameEdit

The name of the new town of Almere in Flevoland was given in 1984 in memory of this body of water.

Coordinates: 52°35′26″N 5°26′50″E / 52.59056°N 5.44722°E / 52.59056; 5.44722