Amsterdam Sights

Montelbaanstoren (Montelbaans Tower)

  • Oude Schans 2 Map It
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  • Montelbaanstoren, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Published 11/18/2015

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Rembrandt loved to sketch this slightly leaning redbrick tower, which was built in 1516 as part of the city's defenses. In 1606, the Dutch sculptor and architect Hendrick de Keyser oversaw the building of a new tower complete with clockworks that was known as Malle Jaap ("Crazy Jaap") by locals, because the bells pealed at odd times. The year 1610 saw the tower embark on a lean too far, and with lots of manpower and ropes it was reset on a stronger foundation. From 1878 to 2006, it housed the City Water Office. Today it's the office of a company that rents out saloon boats (captain included).

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Oude Schans 2, Amsterdam, North Holland, 1011KX, Netherlands

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Published 11/18/2015


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