Weeping Tower (Schreierstoren), Amsterdam
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  • Schereierstoren Tower is a semicircular defensive tower that is situated in the Centre, on the street Prins Hendrikkade 94, five minutes walk from Central station. Built in 1482, making it today the oldest Tower in the city, was part of the medieval low wall in the area which today corresponds to the red light district. Its own original name, in old Dutch, which was Schreyhoeckstoren, alluded to a very sharp bend formed by two channels (i.e. a schreye hoek). Hence, phonetic deformation came probably from the present, Schreierstoren, which means something very different: the Tower of crying, tears, or of the mourners (schrier = to cry). Any worth because tells a history so pretty as uncertain: of here sailed them boats for them long travel and by that the women of them sailors is swirled around to dismiss crying to their husbands. Local guides repeat this myth to tourists who come to Amsterdam and there is even a plate with a stone relief depicting a similar scene, but the real reason for the name is the aforementioned. However, yes it is true that the ships came from this point. In fact, in 1609 sailed Henry Hydson with his Halve Maen (half moon) toward America, where he discovered the island of Manhattan and founded new Amsterdam, later renamed New York City when he joined English hands, as it was the case also with the Hudson River, carrying his name adapted to the Anglo-Saxon taste. Even another plaque recalls the anniversary of the first voyage to the East Indies. The Schreierstoren was used as the Dutch port authority office building until the 1960s. It was then rehabilitated to host a popular café-restaurant called VOC, which celebrates weddings and summer places terraces so that people can move to take something from their boats. It is worth visiting it and drink in one of the surrounding bars
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  • The guide said that it was one of the original city gates. That is amazing. And to think all the people that passed through the gates during it's time, well that is amazing. It even looks to still be ...  more »
  • This historical building was originally one of the gates to the city. WE much prefer to see it from a canal boat to avoid being pushed and shoved by the crowds. Although in November there were not as ...  more »