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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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  • From monument of a former fortification is the almost ideal place to start visiting the city. It helps better understand a what looked like the city prior to his expention. Photo guaranteed success.
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  • Where most of the city gates had Haarlem, Amsterdam/spaarnwouder Port is the only remaining gate. Provided you have the busy weeks around it away can think and the squat-like buildings around it it still has something magical, according to the legend there yet Spaniards from Kenau has fought. Always nice to see, but the modernisation around it not an absolute must to visit, in my eyes.
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  • Yes, I do agree that with the right angle the photo with this construction might look interesting, but actually there is nothing special about this building that attract my attention. Having in mind t...  more »
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  • If you are visiting Haarlem, don't miss this Poort.
  • Its build in 1400 its easy to see because its in the direction of Amsterdam, thats why its called the Amsterdamse Poort.
  • Must see! Small and beautiful
  • The medieval port of Amsterdam
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  • Nice gate!
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