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Keizersgracht 456-462 Residences

 
 
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 18, 2017
1. Keizersgracht 456-462 Residences Marker
Inscription. In 1683, the Keizersgracht 456-462 residences were constructed on the site of the carillon bell foundry of Francois (1609-1667) and Pieter Hemony (1619-1662), the most renowned bell founders of 17th Century Netherlands.

Frederick Coyett (1615-1687, born in Stockholm) retired here with his family as the first tenants, in 1685.

In 1647 and 1652, Coyett (揆一) served as chief of staff in Deshima, the Dutch VOC-trading post in Japan, and in 1656-1662 as the last governor of Dutch Formosa (Taiwan).
 
Location. 52° 22.019′ N, 4° 53.062′ E. Marker is in Amsterdam, North Holland. Marker is at the intersection of Keizersgracht and Leidsegracht, on the left when traveling south on Keizersgracht. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Keizersgracht 460, Amsterdam, North Holland 1016 GE, Netherlands.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Adams (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Gemeente Amsterdam Stadsarchief / Amsterdam City Archives (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Elisabeth van Oostenrijk / Empress Elisabeth of Austria (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Hendrick de Keyser
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 18, 2017
2. Keizersgracht 456-462 Residences Marker - Wide View
(approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Joods Verzetsmonument /Jewish Resistance Monument (approx. one kilometer away); Benedictus de Spinoza (1632-1677), Amsterdammer, Filosoof/Philosopher (approx. one kilometer away); Walter Süskind (approx. 1.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Amsterdam.
 
Regarding Keizersgracht 456-462 Residences. The "VOC" referenced on the marker is the Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, known in English as the Dutch East India Company.
 
Also see . . .
1. Pieter and François Hemony (Wikipedia). François Hemony (c. 1609-1667) and his brother Pieter, Pierre, or Peter Hemony (1619-1680) were the greatest carillon bell founders in the history of the Low Countries. They developed the carillon, in collaboration with Jacob van Eyck, into a full-fledged musical instrument by casting the first tuned carillon in 1644....The brothers' skill was unequaled in their time; after their death, their guarded trade secrets were lost, and not until the 19th century were bells of comparable tuning quality cast. Even today, most Hemony bells sound pure and clear. (Submitted on July 17, 2017.)
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 18, 2017
3. Keizersgracht 456-462 Residences and Marker
 

2. Frederick Coyett (Wikipedia). Frederick Coyett (Chinese: 揆一; pinyin: Kuíyī; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Kûi-it), born in Stockholm c. 1615, buried in Amsterdam on 17 October 1687, was a Swedish nobleman and the last colonial governor for the Dutch colony of Formosa. He was the first Swede to travel to Japan and China and became the last governor of Dutch-occupied Taiwan (1656–1662). (Submitted on July 17, 2017.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 72 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 17, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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