Sunday, 5 August 2012

The most important gate of Amersfoort, the “Koppelpoort”

This combination of wall, castle, and water gate is 500 years old and has the same functionality as the Monnikendam, it is a defence line for the city and regulates the water in the city canals. The bridge could be manned on the first floor and the towers with soldiers carrying bows and arrows. Look at the red white blinds they added to protect the glass windows and doors. Alongside the river banks trees were planted which blend in with the green character of Amersfoort. Above the pedestrian walkway hangs a shield with two lions holding a crown.

Dit 500 jaar oude bouwwerk die een muur, kasteel en waterpoort combineert heeft dezelfde functie als de Monnikendam, het is een verdedigingslinie voor de stad en regelde het waterniveau in de grachten van de binnenstad. De brug alsook de torens werden bemand door boogschutters. Ter protectie van de deuren en vensters werden rood witte panelen aangebracht. Langs de oevers van de hoofdgracht staan rijen bomen die goed passen bij het groene karakter van Amersfoort. Boven het wandelpad hangt er een schild waarop leeuwen een kroon vasthouden.. 
 
Koppelpoort Amersfoort

Koppelpoort Amersfoort

Koppelpoort Amersfoort

Koppelpoort Amersfoort

Koppelpoort Amersfoort

Koppelpoort Amersfoort

Koppelpoort Amersfoort

Koppelpoort Amersfoort

Koppelpoort Amersfoort

Koppelpoort Amersfoort

Previous Amersfoort article: The “Monnikendam” and a park called “Plantsoen op de Stadswal”

Previous Bridge article: The most famous bridge of Prague, the Charles Bridge (Karlův Most)

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25 comments:

  1. Very impressive setting, and so uniquely Dutch :^) Wonderful photographs to bring it alive.

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  2. Overal water terug te vinden in NL. Lijkt me een mooie stad te zijn.

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  3. Hi There, I hope some of you see this. Do you have problems commenting? I had one complaint but for me it works.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  4. hello from Alsace, I am commenting now...I have never been to Amersfoort, looks lovely!

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  5. I am having no problem commenting.
    These are lovely pictures - very pretty place.

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  6. Sehr schöne Aufnahmen eines interessanten Ortes. Das macht Lust aufs Reisen...
    Liebe Grüße, Karin

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  7. oh thank you! a glorious place and post, Filip




    Wishing You a Sweet Week
    with Aloha from Waikiki
    Comfort Spiral
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  8. This is like a fairy tale. Only the princess is missing.
    Have a nice week.
    orvokki

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  9. Je laat ons mooie stukjes Amersfoort' zien, Filip !
    Lie(f)s.
    @Derde poging lukte, na 2x webpagina herstellen. Totale duur: 3'25.

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  10. I can never get tired of European history and architecture. I assume it is a water gate that comes straight down instead of a swinging gate which makes it harder to close because of the water resistance.

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  11. Pretty! I love how European cities always seem to be built around a river. Very charming.

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  12. Woàuhaaaaaaaaa!! j'adore++++++ superbe!! bisous

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  13. Amersfoort is een mooi stadje, met veel cultuur en lekker restaurantjes.

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  14. Inspirational and fascinating. Mix of old stories and fairy town...
    Hugs.

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  15. Toch even proberen, Filip... 't Gaat (redelijk) vlot vanavond... Hopelijk blijft het zo !
    Lie(f)s.

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  16. what a beautiful place to visit... very nice and huge buildings.

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  17. Wat een mooie stad is dit!
    Pracht serie, groetjes Cristien.

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  18. What a fascinating gate to this picturesque city. love the architecture!

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  19. Wow, simply beautiful. Can hardly find buildings like this here in Malaysia. By the way, have you been to Southeast Asia?

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    1. I have never been in Malaysia but We were in Thailand, Japan, China and Hong Kong. We are sure that we will visit Malaysia once but not before 2014.

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  20. A wonderful structure with several functions. I like the little towers and the slate roof too.

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  21. Amersfoort is een interessant stadje Filip en je foto's laten het ook zien.
    Fijne avond wens ik jullie, Dietmut

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