Amsterdamse Poort, Haarlem

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The Amsterdamse Poort is an old city gate of Haarlem, Netherlands. It is located at the end of the old route from Amsterdam to Haarlem and the only gate left from the original twelve city gates.HistoryIt was created in 1355 and is the only remaining city gate from the defenses of Haarlem. Until the 17th century it was the city gate used for traffic by land eastwards towards Spaarnwoude over the Laeghe weg (now Oude weg). In 1631 the Haarlemmertrekvaart was dug, which shortened the waterway from Haarlem to Amsterdam considerably. Until that time, boats bound for Amsterdam did not pass here, but traveled up the Spaarne river to pass the small sluice gate at Spaarndam, in order to reach the IJ. Coaches traveling by land to Amsterdam did leave this gate over the Oude Weg to the Liede, where they would cross at Penningsveer (a ferry for a penny), to Spaarnwoude and from there, journey onwards along the old IJdijk to Amsterdam.This gate, for those travelling by land, was called the Spaarnwouderpoort. With the new canal and its towpath, the trip was so short, it became much more popular, since it was now possible to travel back and forth to Amsterdam on the same day. Thus the name of the gate changed to Amsterdamse Poort.In 1865 the city government wanted to demolish the gate. A speedy procedure to put down the gate was requested, as the gate was in pretty bad shape and was blocking the construction of a new bridge on the location just in front of the gate. However, there was not enough money at the moment to construct a new bridge, so the city council agreed to provide funds for a short-term renovation of the gate to make sure it would stay up for two or three more years.
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  • August 3, 2017
    The Amsterdamse Poort (ca 1400) owes its name to the road Haarlem-Amsterdam. You can not visit the port, but below it. The gate itself is nowadays inhabited. During the siege of Haarlem (1572-1573) the port played an important role. The gate reminds me of the movie Kenau. Firm and robust. As Well As Kenau Simonsdochter Hasselaer. From the ramparts at the Amsterdamse Poort she defended her city against the Spaniards. The only one of the 12 gates of the Haarlem Haarlem survived the siege without significant damage. Perhaps King Louis Napoleon (1806-18190) to demolish all ports except the Amsterdamse Poort. At the Amsterdamse Poort is the restaurant Jerusalem (including tasty shoarma; s) and a pizzeria.
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  • July 26, 2017
    On the bike or run is the best way to reach this Amsterdamse Poort. Despite being in the middle of a traffic artery is of Haarlem is well worth it. The foundations date from earlier centuries while the upper part is completely renovated. If you have enough imagination and you can just close your eyes and ears you might go back in time that only a horse-drawn carriage passed between Haarlem and Amsterdam.
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  • July 23, 2017
    Taking into account that this is the only one of the 12 gates of Haarlem, it is a shame how dirty and smelly it is. The arrangement around it doesn't help much (many cars instead of a small park) but ...  more »
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  • January 28, 2017
    We used to have eleven more of these, but this is the last one. Called amsterdamse poort because it faces Amsterdam. I'm pretty sure someone lives here. And there is a hidden passageway underneath...
  • May 25, 2017
    Nicely preserved, but nothing special around the area.
  • March 16, 2017
    A castle-like old landmark of the city. Very well preserved.
  • April 29, 2017
    The last remaining "poort" gate from the fence of the old city (center) of Haarlem. A must see if visiting the city
  • May 22, 2017
    It's nice, but a bit isolated

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