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Amsterdam Sights

Montelbaanstoren (Montelbaans Tower)

  • Oude Schans 2 Map It
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Updated 08/24/2012

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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 ubiquitous Hendrick de Keyser oversaw the building of a new tower complete with clockworks that was known as Malle Jaap ("Crazy Jaap") by locals, since 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 till 2006, it housed the City Water Office. After a thorough renovation, the tower is now rented out to Secret Garden, a foundation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Muslims.

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

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Updated 08/24/2012


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