Munt Tower (Munttoren), Amsterdam

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The Munttoren or Munt is a tower in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It stands on the busy Muntplein square, where the Amstel river and the Singel canal meet, near the flower market and the eastern end of the Kalverstraat shopping street.HistoryThe tower was originally part of the Regulierspoort, one of the main gates in Amsterdam's medieval city wall. The gate, built in the years 1480, consisted of two towers and a guard house.After the gate went up in flames in a 1618 fire, only the guard house and part of the western tower remained standing. The tower was then rebuilt in Amsterdam Renaissance style in 1620, with an eight-sided top half and elegant open spire designed by Hendrick de Keyser, featuring a clockwork with four clockfaces and a carillon of bells.The name of the tower refers to the fact that the guard house on side of it was used to mint coins in the 17th Century. In the Rampjaar ("disastrous year") of 1672, when both England and France declared war on the Dutch Republic and French troops occupied much of the country, silver and gold could no longer be safely transported to Dordrecht and Enkhuizen (where coins were normally minted), so the guard house of the Munttoren was temporarily used to mint coin.
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  • This is an interesting tower just near the center of the city. It is located near a confluence of canals.  more »
  • We came across this little old clock tower whilst wondering around. It was old and impressive and also a good landmark to figure out where we were.  more »
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  • Very beautiful. It locates at center of Amsterdam. It is not conflict to you plan if you already have plan to visit Amsterdam. If you want to shop here. You can take some photos here. The view of this spot is like a combination of history and modern.
  • Walk around and enjoy the serene canal views. Especially at night the view is really amazing.
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