Photo Uploaded: May 15 2013 17:21:52 GMT Taken: 2013:05:05 17:26:51 Manufacturer: SONY Camera: DSC-HX100V Aperture: F2.8 Shutter: 1/400 sec ISO: 100 Flash: No (Auto)
Munttoren dating back to 1620
Netherlands, Amsterdam, May 2013
The Munttoren ("Mint Tower") or Munt is a tower in Amsterdam. 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.
The 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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munttoren