The Oostpoort in Delft is the only remaining gate, built around 1400.
Since it is a bit out of the center, you can easily miss it.
Make sure you don't, since it is one of the nicest sights of Delft.
As said, Delft was one of the VOC towns and regionally of utmost importance. As centre in South Holland in medeival and rennaissance times, Delft florished after getting city rights and priviliges between 1246 and 1355. these rights were not only market and monopoly rights, but also the allowance to built a defensive city wall. Provishinary walls excisted, but in the 14th century one made a start with a stone wall, with gates that connected to the roads that lead into town. Albrecht van Beieren allowed it and a moat was dug around Delft. In 1448 the project was in full swing, containing 24 towers, 8 gates and of course a long long wall surrounding the whole city. One of the gates was the "Oostpoort" (Eastern gate) and ... the most special one of all as it was not only giving way to the road from arriving from the East, it also let in ships in that arrived from the Delftse Vliet. Novilty were the hidden doors in a tranch at the canal bed. An enormous shutter could be raised to close of the entrance to town. As far as gracefulness in Delft is concerned, the "Oostpoort" wins in all ways possible. It's truely worth the walk to the far end of the old Delft centre.
The graceful small towers of the "Oostpoort" were only put on the height they are now in 1514. Together with a canon platform these were the last large reconstructions of the gate. When the weapons changed in 18th history, the defensive system of walls faded and the canon platform was removed again. In 1962 up to 1964 the East Gate was restored and two tiny apartments were set up inside as well as a workshop for a local artist. In 1966 the two apartments became one still small place. A removed boardwalk is back since 1988, contributing a lot to the scenic enjoy one can have from this wonderful monument.
Just outside the city centre, you will find this lovely gate called Oostpoort (East gate). It's an excellent place for a perfect pic with the canal and the white drawbridge in front of the tower.
I've read somewhere that this gate was one of the original gates to the town when Delft was still surrounded by a wall.
The Oostpoort ("east gate", which gives some idea of where you'll find it) is the only survivor of eight city gates built after 1394, when the city was allowed to rebuilt the gates it had been previously forced to demolish by order of Albrecht van Beieren. The Oostpoort is a double gate, with seperate gates for land and water. The octagonal top segments and spires date from 1514.
You can find this gate in the north-eastern corner of the centre. It's a bit of a walk from any of the other major sights, but it should not be missed.
The famous painter Vermeer, who lived and worked in Delft, once painted a gate that looked a lot like this one. It's not the same gate; the gate on the painting is the Rotterdam gate, which no longer exists.
The Oospoort, or East Gate, is one of the oldest still standing city gates in The Netherlands. And it is also the last surviving gate in Delft. It was built somewhere around the year 1400, but the exact date is unknown. Although it is a bit outside the city center, it is definitely worth the 5 minute walk. The gate is located next to a river so it is the perfect setting for taking a short break.
Town gate, circa 1400. Towers erected in 1514. Land gate connected with water gate by part of town wall. At present used for housing and as art gallery.
The Oostpoort is situated at the end of the Oosteinde. This canal is in line with the canal along the Delfgauwseweg, outside the gate. Before there was a town wall, both canals formed one concept with a road at one quay, initially called Kerkweg (Churchroad). The gate consists of a land gate and a water gate and was built in 1400. In former days it was sometimes called Catharijnepoort. It is a rather ?light? gate. The towers are only 3,7 metres in diameter. At ground level it has a high, vaulted bunker, which was equipped with loopholes. The stairs are in a separate staircase turret, which also leads to the wallwalk on the adjoining town wall. The passage through the gate could be shut off with doors. The botttom hooks on which the hinges were fitted, are now hidden below an almost fifty centimetres raised road surface.
Over the passage is a guard-room, with throw-holes at the ?field-side? and at both sides a gothic niche, originally holding a figure of St.-Catharina. The gate was connected with the water gate by a piece of town wall: a covered wallwalk built on arches. Originally this wallwalk was open at the town side. For ships, the water gate had a narrow passage opening, which could be shut with iron gates. In the middle of the field-side of the wall one of the throw-hole has been kept.
This gate was build somewhere around 1400. And in 1514 the two towers were hightend and fitted with spires. In front of the Oostpoort is a walkbrigde that can be raised if need be..
I was amased to learn that it is currently used as a private house and art gallery. And i had to admit i was a bit envious.. Be honest, it is such a cool place to live.
The only thing what was left from the old town port.
Some guys some time ago repaired the gates and now they live in the back part of it, nice deal, eh? :)) Saw a sign -private property - near the door bell.....
The Oostpoort (East Gate) was built around 1400 and in 1514 the two towers were constructed. You would need to walk out of town a small way to get the best view of these ancient towers.
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