A miniature world map on Lake Kleitrup. Denmark. Description, photo

On a lake in Denmark there is a miniature world map, which was created by a Dane half a century ago

On a lake in Denmark there is a miniature world map, which was created by a Dane half a century ago

Biblical history says that the world was created in six days. Those who tend to believe science say otherwise: it took about four billion years to create the world. And the Danish farmer Soren Poulsen said nothing, but made his own world on his home lake. By the way, it took him a quarter of a century.

On a lake in Denmark there is a miniature world map, which was created by a Dane half a century ago On a lake in Denmark there is a miniature world map, which was created by a Dane half a century ago

This is the most unusual attraction on Lake Kleitrup in Denmark. The world map is made of stones, some of which weigh about a ton. Every year, up to 40,000 people come to wander the countries and walk the footbridge from Africa to Europe.

On a lake in Denmark there is a miniature world map, which was created by a Dane half a century ago On a lake in Denmark there is a miniature world map, which was created by a Dane half a century ago

Poulsen was born in Denmark in 1888, but then emigrated with his family to the United States. He spent about twenty years in the States before returning to his native land. In 1943, while working in the fields, he found an unusually shaped rock that looked very much like Jutland, the peninsula that is now divided between Germany and Denmark. Apparently, it was difficult to find other activities in the Nazi-occupied country at the time, so Poulsen decided to create his own little world.

On a lake in Denmark there is a miniature world map, which was created by a Dane half a century ago

The war ended, but the inspiration did not disappear: the Dane worked on his creation until 1969. Each country was “created” by hand: he transported the stones on a small cart, stacked them on ice in winter, and when spring came, he pressed them to the bottom in shallow water. Gradually each country took on its own shape. Poulsen died at the age of 88 a few months after finishing his creation.

On a lake in Denmark there is a miniature world map, which was created by a Dane half a century ago On a lake in Denmark there is a miniature world map, which was created by a Dane half a century ago

The result is a world that is small but so interesting. The most ideal place to travel around the world in half an hour, and the time saved can be spent on an ice cream parlor. The map covers an area of four thousand meters. Of course, the hardcore purists will find some inaccuracies (for example, there is no Antarctica here), in which case they had better go straight for the ice cream. Everyone else, however, will love the map. Each country has its own little flag, and they are updated every year.

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On a lake in Denmark there is a miniature world map, which was created by a Dane half a century ago

Today, the world map is guarded with awe. A park is laid out around it, where locals come for a picnic. Non-locals also come here, but mostly Danes. From time to time the map has to be corrected: it was especially hard work in the 1990s, when communism fell.

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“Map of the world”, Klejtrup lake, Denmark. The artwork was created by Søren Poulsen. Construction of the “map” lasted 25 years (1944-1969).

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