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The building of it started on April 9 1667.
The foundation plan is rather unusual because the gate had to fit the city wall but also the direction of the bridge. That's why it isn't quite straight, something that also comes back in the belfry.
Willem van Helm, Leiden architect, was the designer who liked Dutch classicism. Rombout Verhulst was responsible for the sculpturing. He was very famous in his time.
Even though it was a military defensework, there never was a siege there. The 'Poortwachters' room soon found another destination: it served as a club for poets and artists that misbehaved so badly that they were evicted and a school for the poor was put there until 1760.
The Zijlpoort degenerated and was restored in 1981 (one year before I came to live here).
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