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Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
 

Schreierstoren

 
 
Schreierstoren Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 18, 2017
1. Schreierstoren Marker
Inscription.   De toren 'Scrayershouck' is gebouwd rond 1487 en maakte deel uit van de middeleeuwse stadsmuur. Vanuit de toren had men een goed uitzicht over de haven en kon men zo nodig vijandelijke schepen beschieten. De naam van de toren is afgeleid van het feit dat de stadsmuur op deze plek een scherpe (scrayer) hoek maakte. Nadat de stadsmuur in 1600 was afgebroken kreeg de toren tot in deze eeuw de functie van havenkantoor.

Old walltower built in 1487. Its task was to defend Amsterdams medieval harbour. For centuries women waved sailormen from this point goodbye.
 
Erected by The ANWB, Zimmermanfonds, Stichting Sciltraminghe. (Marker Number 64610/001.)
 
Location. 52° 22.59′ N, 4° 54.137′ E. Marker is in Amsterdam, North Holland. Marker is at the intersection of Prins Hendrikkade and Gelderskade, on the right when traveling west on Prins Hendrikkade. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Amsterdam, North Holland 1012 BH, Netherlands.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henry Hudson (a few steps from this marker); Spoorviaduct Oostertoegang Centraal Station / Railway Viaduct, Eastern Entrance, Central Station
Schreierstoren and Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 18, 2017
2. Schreierstoren and Marker - Wide View
The marker is visible here, just to the left of the lamppost.
(about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Sint Olofskapel / Saint Olof's Chapel (about 150 meters away); Chet Baker (about 180 meters away); Bet van Beeren (about 210 meters away); Anthoniespoort / St. Anthony's Gate (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Dominicuskerk / Dominican Church (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Municipal Morgue (approx. 0.7 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Amsterdam.
 
Also see . . .
1. Schreierstoren (Weepers Tower) (YouTube, Map-of-Amsteram, 2.5 mins.). (Submitted on September 29, 2017.)
2. Schreierstoren (Wikipedia). "The Schreierstoren (English incorrectly translated as: Weeper's Tower), originally part of the medieval city wall of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, was built in the 15th century. It was the location from which Henry Hudson set sail on his journey to Northern America. This expedition would lead to the discovery of the island of Manhattan among others. It was built as a defense tower in 1487. It is currently a café and nautical bookstore. The old name was 'Schreyhoeckstoren' meaning in old Dutch the sharp angle of the tower with the once connected citywalls. Later they started calling it in short the Schreierstoren." (Submitted on September 29, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.)
<i>Amsterdam - Schreierstoren</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard published by Maatschapplj Rembrandt, Utrecht, circa 1925
3. Amsterdam - Schreierstoren
 

3. The true story behind Amsterdam’s Schreierstoren (Dutch Amsterdam). "Around 1380, a dyke was built at the outskirts of Amsterdam in order to defend the growing city against what was then the sea. This dyke is today’s Zeedijk, a lively street on the outskirts of the Red Light District. Once the domain of junkies, the street is now home to fashion shops, bars, and Chinese restaurants. As the Amsterdam’s trade and harbor grew, a defense wall was built in 1481. Today the Schreierstoren and De Waag are the only structures left from that wall." (Submitted on September 29, 2017.) 
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
Schreierstoren - Decorative Detail image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 17, 2017
4. Schreierstoren - Decorative Detail
Above the entrance to the cafe in the tower is a plaque commemorating the 350th anniversary (i.e. 1595-1945) of the first sailing expedition to the East Indies.
<i>Amsterdam. Schreierstoren op P.H. Kade</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1920
5. Amsterdam. Schreierstoren op P.H. Kade
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 29, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 85 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 29, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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