Montelbaanstoren is a beautiful tower , a little bit far from the center and all the attractions , more "off the beaten path" attraction as i can see it.
Montelbaanstoren is located very close to Niewmarkt and Remrandt's house , just a few minutes walking east.
This is a tower built in 1516 for defence purpose and located on one of the canals.
The red brick Montelbaanstoren tower was errected at the beginning of the 16th century. As a part of Amsterdam's fortification system it was used to protect the city from invaders.
In 1606 the tower was extended by a Baroque style white spire and a clock, which were designed by the local architect Hendrick de Keyser.
The Montelbaanstoren tower is located at the Oude Schans canal, which can be found east of the Central Railway Station near the Oosterdok.
The lower part dates back to 1512, where this tower was a part of Amsterdam's Medieval walls. It was a sentinel from which guards could look over the plains for attacking armies.
When in 1606 the tower lost its defence function, upper part was built upon it (design of Hendrick de Keyser).
In 1611, the 48 m tower began to list, prompting locals to attach ropes to the top to pull it right again.
Today, in fact already since 1878, houses this tower an office, Stadswaterkantoor, which regulates the flow of water in the Amsterdam canals, .
The tower has a nickname 'Malle Jaap' (Silly Jaap), because in the past the clock used to show wrong time.
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.
Montelbaanstoren built in 1512 is one of the few remaining traces of the medieval city wall.
The tower is best seen from the canal, it's not open for the public and is today used as an office building.
The Montelbaanstoren tower can be seen on many of the paintings of Rembrandt.
A significant tower that catches the eye on a few places while looking over the canals, is the "Montelbaanstoren". This too was a part of the Amsterdam citywall and was built in 1606. Later this (like the "Munttoren") got a new towerpeak, more decorative and built by Hendrick de Keyser (also responsible for several churches as you know by now). The tower is 48 meters high, 7 meters more then the "Munttoren".
Between the houses the cold wind has less hold on us and with the sunshine the walk is all the more enjoyable. Must find out more about the Montelbaanstoren but in the meantime it's a pretty sight to see.
Kalkmarkt is the street we're walking on. It means chalk market.
This used to be part of the city wall before they put a top onto it. And now it looks like a churchtower...really nice!
The Montelbantower, the lower part of this tower was built in 1512 and was part of the medieval defenses.
In 1606, they added the octagonal upper part and the open tower.