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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  • Near the flower market, see this tower building with a clock face. Obviously, it is part of the wall of the city. But it's just a tower now. The clock was still on, and I was surprised surprised. There is a shop selling memorabilia.
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  • In the place where the Amstel River meets the oldest canal in the city-Singel, on the square Muntplein stands the remains of the 15TH Century City gate and the Watchtower. At the beginning of the 17TH century, Henry de Keyser overbuilt the tower with a four-disc city clock. The present appearance of the object differs from the medieval, because at the end of the 19TH century the tower and walls were subjected to neo-renaissance lifting. The clock on the high tower is visible from many streets of the old center and is a good landmark. A flower market is right next to the hotel.
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  • Its always nice to walk and explore those nice monuments, you'd never have enough of that
  • Its a very good place. Tourist are visit there and I also like the place. Thanks.
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