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"Montelbaanstoren" Montelbaanstoren Tip by codrutz

Montelbaanstoren, Amsterdam: 9 reviews and 14 photos

by codrutz

Montelbaanstoren (hard name to spell) is a red brick tower typical to those seen in Amsterdam. While taking the mandatory boat cruise on the canals you can't miss that tower and you might wonder what's it's story.

Well, the tower was built back in 1512 purely for defence reasons. It was to protect the Latage, the basin for repairing and storing big Dutch ships. In 1606, Hendrick de Keyser added it's spire (the upper part).

Today the tower houses the offices in charge of the closing of canals and water flow in Amsterdam.

Address: Oude Schans 2 - 1011 KX Amsterdam
Directions: 4 blocks East of the Niewmarkt/Waag

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  • Written Aug 15, 2004
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