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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
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May 15 2013 17:39 GMT Annamaria
Thats about 300meter frm the place where I was born, Peter! My parents then lived in a nice house at the Amstel river ;-)

I love this series a lot!!
May 15 2013 17:46 GMT senna3
Anna-Maria, I guess that must have been close to where the Keizersgracht meets the Amstel. In fact, in 1948, I stayed with my aunt in a little apartment at Keizersgracht 745, the last house of the Keizersgracht with a view over the Amstel.
May 15 2013 18:10 GMT Annamaria
Thats possible, Peter! My parents runned a Restaurant there.... I think that must already have been in those years.... the house had 4 floors and one of them was a Restaurant and another one was filled with pooltables... I only lived there the first 4 years of my life so I don't realy remember a lot.
May 15 2013 18:22 GMT T1MELESS PRO
A great shot and series Peter !!!!!
May 15 2013 19:03 GMT wijnie58
Mooie foto van de Munttoren, Peter...:-))
May 15 2013 19:27 GMT martini957
Love the clouds too...great shot
May 15 2013 22:14 GMT junne PRO
the clouds around the spire are like a halo, and well deserved
May 15 2013 23:01 GMT fhelsing PRO
a beautiful city view!
May 15 2013 23:23 GMT Myshots
Great notes and view!!
May 16 2013 00:17 GMT larrybenedict
It's a great photo Peter and interesting notes about the Mint Tower. G√ľnter had an interesting observation and comment.
May 16 2013 02:12 GMT Jakeobean
Peter...you live in such a historic and scenic country.....beautiful landscape ....
May 16 2013 02:18 GMT DGM
Very nice shot of a nice place
May 16 2013 07:28 GMT Hanny50
Amsterdam still is a very picturesque city, I love it!!
May 16 2013 13:30 GMT Lalbabu
Beautiful shot with fine description !!!!
May 16 2013 14:25 GMT hans55 PRO
great Amsterdam series !! ...very good weather too !!
i have left many steps here !! :-)
May 17 2013 11:20 GMT senna3
Thanks all for the nice comments!